Wave of bombings leaves 25 dead


Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 1:34 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 25 people are dead and dozens wounded in a wave of bombings across Iraq today.

For the second day in a row, bombs targeted residents of ethnically disputed areas.

The deadliest of today's attacks took place in a village northwest of Baghdad inhabited by families from the Shabak ethnic group. Seven people were killed and 11 were wounded.

Shiite pilgrims also came under attack. A roadside bomb hit a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims near Samarra, killing one Lebanese national and the Iraqi driver and wounding eight others. A car bomb went off on a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims heading to Samarra, killing two, including an Iranian national.

Other car bombs exploded in Baghdad. One went off near an open-air car market, killing six people and wounding 30 others.

Yesterday, a series of attacks left at least eight dead and dozens wounded.

It's unclear who is behind the latest violence, though Sunni Arab insurgents frequently use coordinated bomb attacks to try to undermine the Shiite-led government's authority.

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APPHOTO BAG101: Local residents survey damaged houses following an overnight car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. On Sunday series of blasts struck Shiite Muslim targets in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, home to a mix of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen, each of the ethnic groups has competing claims to the oil-rich area, the Kurds want to incorporate it into their self-ruled region in Iraq's north, but Arabs and Turkomen are opposed, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. (AP Photo/ Emad Matti) (17 Dec 2012)

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