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Wave of Iraq Violence Continues

Iraqis gather at the scene of a bomb attack in the commercial area of Karradah in Baghdad, Iraq, May 30, 2013.
Iraqis gather at the scene of a bomb attack in the commercial area of Karradah in Baghdad, Iraq, May 30, 2013.
VOA News
Iraqi authorities say a series of bomb attacks killed at least 16 people on Thursday, mostly in the capital Baghdad, as the country struggles to contain a recent surge in sectarian violence. 
 
Six bombings were reported in and around Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which occurred in both Sunni and Shi'ite neighborhoods. 
 
Elsewhere, a suicide bombing in the northern city of Mosul killed three policemen. 
 
Nationwide attacks on Wednesday killed at least 28 people, including members of a wedding party in Baghdad. 
 
Violence has killed hundreds in Iraq this month as militants try to exploit tensions between minority Sunnis and majority Shi'ites to foment a sectarian war. 
 
Iraqi Sunnis accuse the country's Shi'ite-led government of marginalizing them, ignoring their concerns, and unfairly targeting Sunni political leaders for arrest. 

  • People look at damage from a car bomb, Baghdad, May 30, 2013.
  • Workers inspect their destroyed restaurant after a car bomb exploded, Baghdad, May 30, 2013.
  • Baghdad municipality workers clean up while restaurant staff react after a car bomb exploded, Baghdad, May 30, 2013.
  • Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, May 30, 2013.

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