Iraq’s Spate of Sectarian Violence Continues


0  Updated at 1:35 am, May 22nd, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Deadly attacks driven by sectarian tensions slowed somewhat in Iraq on Tuesday, although officials there say that bombings still took the lives of 20 people while injuring at least 100 others.

The death toll during six days of renewed sectarian violence is now close to 270 with nearly 100 fatalities reported on Monday, half of them in Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhoods.

Most of Tuesday’s attacks occurred north of the capital as militants used car bombs and explosive-laden vests to strike at Iraqi civilians and security forces.

Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed Sunni lawmakers and tribesmen for stirring up the latest tensions, while Sunnis maintain that it’s al-Maliki’s fault for marginalizing them.

In another sign of the deteriorating situation, the Iraqi parliament postponed an emergency session on Tuesday to address the violence when the prime minister’s supporters refused to attend the meeting.

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