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Iraq's deadliest day: Over 90 killed in wave of attacks

Last updated on: July 23, 2012 16:22 IST

Iraq's deadliest day: Over 90 killed in wave of attacks

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A string of bomb attacks and shootings in Iraqi capital Baghdad and other cities on Monday have killed at least 93, reports say.

Many of those killed were security forces, who appear to have been a prime target, BBC reports.

Taji, a Sunni neighbourhood some 20km north of Baghdad, has been the worst-hit, where at least 24 people have been killed.

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Image: Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Mahmudiya, 30 km south of Baghdad, on Monday.
Photographs: Mohammed Ameen/Reuters
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At least 144 people were wounded on one of the bloodiest days of the year.

Deadly car bombings hit Baghdad, and a government building in the Shia district of Sadr city was also attacked, the report adds.

At least seven car bombs hit the northern oil city of Kirkuk.


Image: A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, on Monday
Photographs: Ako Rasheed/Reuters
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Dhuluiya, Saadiya, Khan Beni-Saad, Tuz Khurmatu and Dibis were also said to have suffered attacks.

The security forces suffered badly in Monday's attacks, with several soldiers killed in a single brazen attack on a base in Salaheddin province, BBC adds.

"Police checkpoints were hit by car bombs, army bases were struck by mortar fire, and one policeman was even attacked in his home," the report states.


Image: A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, on Monday
Photographs: Reuters

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In Taji, a string of five or six explosions killed at least 14 people. When police arrived on the scene to help, another explosion - according to one report, a suicide bomber - struck, killing 10 officers.

It is the deadliest day in Iraq since 13 June, when another wave of bombings killed 84 people and injured nearly 300.

On Sunday bombings south of the capital killed at least 17.


Image: A boy stands near the site of a car bomb attack in Mahmudiya, on Monday
Photographs: Mohammed Ameen/Reuters
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Violence dipped in Iraq following the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, but sectarian violence has escalated across the country in recent months amid worsening political tensions, the report states.

At least 237 people were killed during June, making it one of the bloodiest months since US troops withdrew in December.


Image: A resident mourns during a funeral for a victims killed in a blast in the town of Taji, about 20km north of Baghdad, on Monday.
Photographs: Ahmed Malik/Reuters
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