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Scores Killed in String of Attacks in Iraq

People inspect damaged cafe following suicide bombing, Balad, 80 kilometers north of Baghdad, Aug. 13, 2013.
People inspect damaged cafe following suicide bombing, Balad, 80 kilometers north of Baghdad, Aug. 13, 2013.
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Scores of people have died in a string of attacks across Iraq.

In Baghdad Saturday, a suicide bomber killed nearly 50 Shi'ite pilgrims who were on their way to a prominent Shi'ite shrine.

Earlier in the day, 12 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a cafe in Balad, 80 kilometers north of the capital. An almost identical bombing killed at least 16 people at the same cafe seven weeks ago.

Separately, security sources say unidentified gunmen killed two Iraqi journalists as they were filming in the northern city of Mosul. The journalists worked for the Iraqi television channel al-Sharqiya news.

Militants have stepped up attacks on cafes and other public gathering places, including mosques, funerals and busy market places, in recent months.

Deadly violence has climbed to its highest level since 2008, with analysts repeatedly voicing fears the country is sliding back into Sunni-Shi'ite civil war.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
October 06, 2013 6:34 AM
I cannot understand why security peoples cannot apprehend few thousands PAID terrorists. Everyday there is so much killing of innocent peoples but we never listen any news about capturing of terrorists. Unless and until Iraqi Govt shows their strength to capture and give them heavy punishment, this type of activities will increase during coming season. They have to increase security standard if they want income from pilgrims.

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