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Series of car bombings in Baghdad targets mostly Shiite neighborhoods

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 3:27pm

At least 24 people were killed and dozens wounded Saturday in a series of car bombings that hit several Baghdad neighborhoods, health and police officials said.

The bombings were in predominantly Shiite areas.

The 10 car bombs in eight neighborhoods exploded after sunset, officials said.

They happened a day after a hidden bomb went off during a sermon inside a Sunni mosque in Al-Wajihiya, about 85 kilometers (53 miles) northeast of Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 56 others.

Two of the bombs Saturday exploded in the Karrada neighborhood of central Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 12 others. One went off on a busy road and the other outside a popular fresh juice shop, officials said.

The bloodshed comes amid a recent increase in violence, much of it stemming from discord between Sunnis and Shiites.

Sunnis have long felt politically marginalized under a Shiite-led government in the post-Saddam Hussein era. They enjoyed more political clout during Saddam's rule, before his ouster after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion.


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