(BAGHDAD) — At least 34 people were killed and many others wounded in Iraq Sunday by a series of car bomb attacks mostly targeting Shiites.
It was the deadliest day of violence in weeks as Iraqi security forces continue to deal with a resurgent al Qaeda presence since the withdrawal of American forces nine months ago.
The government said the town of Taji just north of Baghdad suffered the most fatalities as eight people were killed in three explosions while at least three times that number were injured.
While Taji is a predominantly Sunni area, the bombs were detonated near Shiite homes.
Insurgents also continued their assault against Iraqi security forces as an attack in the northern city of Kut left four police officers dead.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN