Car bomb explosions strike Iraq, 34 dead

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Baghdad, Oct 1: Thirty-four people were killed while 85 were injured after a series of gunfire and bomb attacks struck a number of cities and towns in Iraq on Sunday. The bomb attacks included 12 car bomb explosions.

Eight car bombs went off in and near Baghdad in which 25 people were killed while nearly 60 were injured, said local police sources. One of the deadliest attacks took place in Taji area, located around 20 km north of the country's capital, where four car bombs exploded, killing eight while seriously injuring 25.

Two policemen were killed while five others, including two policemen, were injured when a car bomb struck Karrada district in Baghdad. At least 15 people were killed while 29 others were injured in another three car bomb explosions and gunfire attacks in Baghdad.

In eastern Iraq, five policemen were killed while six were injured when a suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint in the city of Kut, located around 160 km southeast of Baghdad. One man was killed while five were injured in another car bomb attack at a marketplace in Khan Bani Saad town in Diyala province in eastern Iraq.

Car bomb attacks also took place in Nineveh province in northern Iraq and the cities of Adheim and Sulaimn Pek near Banghdad.

The chief of Kiyala city's traffic police directorate, Mohammed Jawad al-Timimi, had a close shave after a car bomb explosion narrowly missed his convoy. Four pedestrians were, however, injured.

Government officials said no organisation had claimed immediate responsibility for the attack but said such massive and coordinated attacks are generally conducted by the al-Qaeda.

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