Car bombs, shooting kill 30 across Iraq
Baghdad (AP): A string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and a shooting killed at least 30 and wounded scores across Iraq on Sunday,...
Baghdad (AP): A string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and a shooting killed at least 30 and wounded scores across Iraq on Sunday, extending a wave of violence that is raising fears of a return to widespread killing a decade after the US-led invasion. Violence has spiked sharply in Iraq in recent months, with the death toll rising to levels not seen since 2008. Nearly 2,000 have been killed since the start of April. Most of the car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas and were the cause of most of the casualties, killing 26. The blasts hit half a dozen cities and towns in the south and center of the country. The blasts began when a parked car bomb went off early morning in the industrial area of the city of Kut, killing three people and wounding 14 others. That was followed by another car bomb outside the city targeted a gathering of construction workers that killed two and wounded 12, according to police. In the nearby oil-rich city of Basra, a car bomb exploded in a busy downtown street, police said. As police and rescuers rushed to the scene of the initial blast, the second car exploded. A total of six people were reported killed. About an hour later, two parked car bombs ripped through two neighborhoods in the southern city of Nasiriyah, 320 km southeast of Baghdad, killing one and wounding 17. In Mahmoudiya, 30 km south of Baghdad, two were killed and nine wounded when a car bomb went off in an open market. In the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 160 km south of Baghdad, a blast struck a produce market, killing eight and wounding 28. And in Madain, a roadside bomb and then a car bomb exploded, killing three and wounding 14.