Bombings in Southern Iraq Leave 33 Dead

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0  Updated at 2:32 am, June 17th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — At least 30 people were killed Sunday in southern Iraq by a series of bombings that were allegedly triggered by militants linked to the country’s main al Qaeda group, although no claim of responsibility was issued.

Since nearly all the victims were Shiite, it appears to have been yet another attempt to stir up sectarian warfare similar to the height of the Iraq war during 2006-2008.

Among the attacks were two car bomb blasts in the southeastern city of Kut that left five dead and 26 wounded, and an explosion in the oil-rich southern city of Basra, killing six there.

Meanwhile, a bombing at a produce market in the Shiite holy city of Najaf left eight people dead and more than a dozen injured.

Iraqi authorities also reported fatalities from bombings in Nasiriyah and the town of Mahmoudiya.

Since April, well over 2,000 people have been killed by insurgent violence in Iraq, the worst surge of violence since 2008.

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