Iraq: 74 Killed In Wave Of Attacks

BAGHDAD: A post-election wave of attacks across Iraq, including car bombings in Baghdad and a northern city, killed at least 74 people, officials said Friday.

The compiled death toll for yesterday, with the number rising to 74 after late-night attacks, made it the bloodiest single day in Iraq in more than seven months.

It was the latest in a protracted surge in unrest fuelling fears that the country is slipping back into all-out conflict.

In Baghdad's deadliest attack, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle rigged with explosives in the mainly Shia holy town of Kazimiyah, killing at least 16 people and wounding 52.

Three other car bombs blew up in the Shia dominated Amin, Sadr City and Jihad districts of the capital costing 20 more lives.

The blasts were the latest in a trend of militants setting off vehicles rigged with explosives during the evening, when Baghdadis go out to markets, restaurants and cafes.

Previously, such attacks had typically been timed to go off during the morning rush-hour.

Four others were killed in shootings and bombings in and around the capital.

In Mosul twin car bombs set off by suicide attackers killed 21 people, including 14 soldiers and policemen, in the west of the city.

Also in Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital, two other attacks left two people dead.

Pro Bath Party Sunni militants including those linked to the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant often set off coordinated bombings across Baghdad and other major cities.

A spate of other attacks in Kirkuk and Salaheddin provinces, both north of Baghdad, left eight people dead while shelling in the militant-held city of Fallujah, a short drive west of Baghdad, killed three more.

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