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Bombs Kill 22 Iraqis Near Baghdad

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People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2013.

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2013.

Two bombs near Baghdad killed at least 22 people Monday in another day of violence in Iraq.

A suicide bomber killed 16 in a crowded cafe in the town of Balad, north of the capital. Another bomb blew up near a sports field in Muqdadiyah, also north of Baghdad, killing at least six. Children are believed to be among the victims.

No one has claimed responsibility for Monday's attacks. But the al-Qaida affiliated group - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - said it was behind a series of blasts last week during Eid, the end of Ramadan celebration. About 70 people were killed.

The group says the attacks were to avenge the arrests of Muslim extremists and threatened more violence.

Tension between Iraq's Sunni minority and the Shi'ite-led government have led to a surge in terrorism and violence this year, leaving more than 3,000 people dead.

Sunnis say the government is marginalizing them and ignoring their needs and demands.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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