May 17, 2013
Dozens Killed in Bombings Outside Baghdad
Dozens of people have been killed in twin bombings targeting Sunni worshippers in Iraq -- bringing the death toll from several days of violence to nearly 100 and increasing fears of renewed sectarian conflict.
The first bomb exploded after the worshippers left a mosque in Baquba, just north of Baghdad. A second bomb went off as people gathered to help the wounded, killing at least 40 and injuring dozens more.
Friday's attacks followed a wave of bombings in Iraq this week.
On Thursday, 25 people were killed in separate car bombings in Shi'ite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Kirkuk. And at least 33 were killed on Wednesday in bombings in the capital and other cities.
Prime Minister Nouri-al-Maliki is blaming the deaths on rising sectarian violence that has plagued the country since security forces raided a Sunni protest camp near Kirkuk last month.
Authorities say that raid ratcheted sectarian tensions to their highest point since the pullout of U.S. troops in late 2011.
The United Nations is calling the last month the deadliest in Iraq since June 2008, when more than 700 people were killed.