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Iraq Insurgent Attacks Kill 70

A series of insurgent attacks across Iraq has killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 200 others.

No one has claimed responsibility for Monday's attacks, which included car bombs, suicide attacks and gun battles.

The deadliest violence struck the northern city of Mosul, where four car bombs targeting security forces killed 29 people and wounded 80 others.

Earlier in the day, police say several near-simultaneous car bombs hit a fruit and vegetable market in the town of Jadidat al-Shatt in Diyala province. Those blasts killed at least 22 civilians.

Insurgents also attacked the towns of Tuz Khormatu and Sulaiman Bek near Kirkuk province.

In Madain town south of Baghdad, two bombs targeted a federal police checkpoint, killing three people and injuring 10, while in the Sadr neighborhood in northern Baghdad a bomb exploded at a cafe, killing one and injuring eight.

Violence in Iraq has escalated in recent weeks, raising concern of a return to widespread sectarian attacks. Officials have blamed recent violence on Sunni Islamist insurgents.

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