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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 in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's attacks, 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.

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