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Iraq: Attacks Kill at Least 18 Shiites

March 29, 2013

Bomb attacks targeting Muslim Shiites on Friday killed at least 18 people and injured dozens in the Iraqi capital and the northern city of Kirkuk, security officials said.

Three car bombings hit Shiite mosques in several areas in Baghdad, leaving at least 13 worshippers dead and 100 injured, they added.

Five others were killed in a car bomb attack near a Shiite mosque in Kirkuk, some 250 north of Baghdad. Some 60 people were injured.

A senior security official survived a bomb attack on his his convoy in the city of Mosul, some 400 kilometres north of Baghdad.

The official was identified as Colonel Khaled al-Hamadani, the chief of Emergency Police in Mosul. Two bodyguards were wounded.

Iraq has witnessed near-daily attacks since US troops withdrew in December 2011, raising fears of a return to the sectarian tensions that drove the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

Iraq also faces a crisis between the Shiite-led government and the country's once-dominant Sunni minority.

Thousands of Sunni protesters have been holding protests for nearly four months to demand that Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki repeal laws they claim target Sunnis.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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