Iraq Car bomb kills 13 near Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Apr 13 (Reuters) A car bomb exploded near a market on the outskirts of Baghdad today, killing at least 13 people, Interior Ministry sources said.
The blast in the mostly Shi'ite Saba'a al-Bor area came one day after a car bomb killed 29 people in a town north of the capital.
Iraq's majority Shi'ites have witnessed a surge of attacks on their community in recent weeks in what US officials say is a campaign by the al Qaeda leader in Iraq to draw them into a sectarian civil war.
Last week, a triple suicide bombing at a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad killed up to 90 people.
The United States has warned divided Iraqi leaders that they must quickly form a government or risk giving insurgents the opportunity to exploit the vacuum and press on with their campaign aimed at undermining the political process.
The bombing of a Shi'ite shrine on February 22 pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war and Washington fears more bloodshed could lead the country to the point of no return.
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