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Iraq Bombings Kill at Least 20, Including Children



Iraqi officials say suicide bombers have killed at least 20 people - including children - in attacks on an elementary school in a northern village and among Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad.

Sunday's blasts began in the Turkmen Shi'ite village of Qabak, outside Tal Afar, where a suicide bomber drove a truck with explosives into the playground of a primary school, killing 12 students, the school principal and two policemen. Dozens of people were wounded.

A second bomber targeted a nearby police station.

In Baghdad, a suicide bomber on foot detonated explosives among pilgrims walking to a Shi'ite shrine in a northern district, killing at least five people and wounding about 20 others.

The blasts came a day after a series of bombings targeting Shi'ites killed more than 65 people in Iraq.



There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the 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 Iraq is sliding back into Sunni-Shi'ite civil war.

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