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October 12, 2013

Car Bombing Kills 14 in Iraq

Iraqi authorities say a car bomb attack at a market has killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens of others in central Iraq.

Police officials said the Saturday night attack took place when a pickup truck exploded at the entrance of a wholesale fruit and vegetable market in the city of Samarra.

At least 30 people were wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but al-Qaida's branch in Iraq has frequently used suicide bombers and car bombs against Shi'ite civilians in an effort to undermine the Shi'ite-led government. The group's ideology considers Shi'ites heretics.

Deadly violence has climbed to its highest level since 2008, and analysts express fears that Iraq is sliding back into a Sunni-Shi'ite civil war.