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Iraq Bomb Attack Kills Dozens

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Security forces inspect scene of suicide bombing at a coffee shop, Kirkuk, Iraq, July 13, 2013.

Security forces inspect scene of suicide bombing at a coffee shop, Kirkuk, Iraq, July 13, 2013.

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a cafe in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk late Friday, killing 38 people and wounding 26. No one has claimed responsibility.

Customers like Mahmoud Hashim were breaking their daily Ramadan fast when a heavy-set man approached.

"We were just sitting in the cafe when a man wearing an explosive belt walked past and all of a sudden blew himself up," he said. "There is no government."

The bombing culminated a violent two days in Iraq that left around 60 people dead.

There appears to be no let up in the violence between Shi'ites and minority Sunnis, which the United Nations says has killed more than 2,500 people since April.

Iraqi Sunnis complain that the Shi'ite-led government ignores their needs and is marginalizing them politically.

The Associated Press reports Sunni and Shi'ite clerics delivered a joint Ramadan sermon Friday in Baghdad, calling for an end to the violence and a united Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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