(BAGHDAD) — A wave of bomb and gun attacks throughout Iraq Sunday left more than 90 people dead and well over 360 people wounded in one of this year’s most violent days.
No group claimed responsibility for the assaults in 13 cities although suspicion fell on the Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda’s strongest wing still operating in the country.
According to Iraq authorities, the deadliest attack occurred in the Shiite-populated southern city of Amara. Fourteen people were killed in explosions caused by two car bombs.
Meanwhile, insurgents also continued their assault on Iraqi security forces as a coordinated gunfight and bombing left 11 army soldiers dead in the city of Balad about 50 miles north of Baghdad.
Even further north in the semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, seven people died and 17 others were injured in a bombing targeting police recruits near Kirkuk, home to much of the area’s oil production.
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