(BAGHDAD) — Iraq suffered its deadliest day in a month on Saturday when at least 31 people were killed in a string of attacks throughout the country.
Most of the deaths occurred in and around Baghdad as people celebrated the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Despite the threat of violence, the Iraqi military provided no additional security on Saturday, yet it was bolstered on Sunday.
The deadliest attack was reported in the heavily Shiite-populated Baghdad slum of Sadr City, where 13 people were left dead and more than 50 wounded by twin car bomb blasts.
Meanwhile, five people died as the result of a bombing in Baghdad’s Maamal neighborhood, while north of the capital in Taji, an attack on a minibus killed five passengers and wounded 12.
No one claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, although al Qaeda insurgents were suspected. Until Saturday, assaults against Iraqi civilians had tailed off during October.
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