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Bombers Target Iraqi Mosque and Markets, Killing at Least 25

Car bombs killed at least 12 people Thursday in Shi'ite neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital, while to the north, a suicide bomber struck a Shi'ite mosque in Kirkuk, killing at least 13 worshippers.

A wave of bombings on Wednesday in Baghdad and other cities killed at least 33 people and wounded scores of others.

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.

In Kirkuk, the latest bombing targeted mourners gathered to pay respects to people killed in a bombing on Wednesday.

The latest Baghdad attacks targeted busy markets in Shi'ite districts of the capital.



The United Nations is calling the last month the deadliest in Iraq since June 2008, when more than 700 people were killed.

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