(BAGHDAD) — A series of car bombings Tuesday has again shaken the confidence of Iraqis that the government can handle the latest surge of violence that began in late April.
Dozens of people were reported killed throughout Iraq — many of them in Baghdad — by unknown assailants, although suspicion falls mainly on Iraq’s predominant al Qaeda group that seeks to stir up old hatreds between Shiites and Sunnis.
Most of the attacks over the past few months have been directed at Shiites, and Tuesday was no exception, as car bombs ripped through their neighborhoods in the capital.
The deadliest attack occurred in the northern Shula district as 10 civilians and two police officers died when one explosion was followed by another — a practice used by al Qaeda to kill first responders rushing to care for victims. At least 27 people were wounded.
Nine people died and two dozen were injured when car bombs struck a commercial area in Baghdad’s northern Shaab neighborhood.
Meanwhile, at least nine people were killed and 31 wounded in car bombings that occurred in the city’s eastern suburb of Kamaliya and southern Dora neighborhood.
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Roshni Majumdar and Deborah Bloom, CNN Newswire
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