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Bombs kill 26 people in Iraq

Published on Mar 7, 2014 2:56 AM
 

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - At least 26 people were killed in Iraq on Thursday as insurgents set off roadside bombs and detonated explosives-packed cars in Baghdad and elsewhere, police said.

The deaths brought to 48 the number of fatalities in the last two days. Armed groups set off multiple bombs by timer or remote control almost daily in the Iraqi capital.

Levels of violence rose to their highest in years in 2013, when nearly 8,000 civilians were killed. Security forces are battling Sunni Muslim insurgents in the western province of Anbar, where militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran the city of Falluja on Jan. 1.

In less than 30 minutes, three parked car bombs exploded in Baghdad on Thursday night targeting Shi'ite neighborhoods. A car bomb in the western Shi'ite district of al-Ammal killed four people and wounded 12 on a busy commercial street, police said.

 
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