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Samarra (Iraq) (AFP): Bombers killed 24 people in Iraq on Tuesday, 16 of them in a suicide attack on a cafe north of Baghdad, officials said. The...

Samarra (Iraq) (AFP): Bombers killed 24 people in Iraq on Tuesday, 16 of them in a suicide attack on a cafe north of Baghdad, officials said. The other bombings hit a football field and a market, the latest in an upsurge of violence that has killed more than 3,400 people so far this year, according to an AFP tally. Militants have carried out a number of attacks on cafes in recent weeks, especially during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when many Iraqis went to cafes after breaking their daytime fast.

This Ramadan, which ended last week, was one of the deadliest for Iraq in years, with more than 800 people killed in attacks. The suicide bomber struck a cafe in the town of Balad at around 6:30 pm (1530 GMT), also wounding more than 35 people, municipal council chief Faris Jaafar said.

In Muqdadiyah, north of Baghdad, a bomb exploded near a football field, killing four people and wounding 14, among them three children. And in the nearby Diyala provincial capital Baquba, a bomb exploded in a market, killing four people and wounding 20. The attacks came a day after Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed attacks that killed more than 70 people on Saturday.

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