56 killed in attacks across Iraq, many reported injured

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Iraq: A series of explosions rip Baghdad
Baghdad, Sep 4 :  At least 56 people were killed and 170 others wounded in separate attacks in central and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, police said.

At least a dozen of car bombs struck the national capital Baghdad on Tuesday evening, mostly-Shiite neighbourhoods, killing 47 people and wounding 163 others, Xinhua reported citing a police source.

Eight people were killed and 28 others were wounded when two car bombs exploded in a popular market in Husseiniya area of northeastern Baghdad.

A car bomb exploded near a popular restaurant in Talbea area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 25 others, the source said. Earlier, four people were killed and 10 injured in a car bomb blast in the same area, he added.

Another car bomb explosion in Alam neighbourhood in southwestern Baghdad killed seven people and wounded 15 others. Almost simultaneously, four civilians were killed and 14 wounded when a car bomb exploded in Zafaraniyah area in southeastern Baghdad.

In Karrada district, the business area of central Baghdad, six people were killed and 15 others wounded when a car bomb went off.

Five people were killed and 16 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a popular market in New Baghdad, southeastern of Baghdad.Two people were killed and 12 wounded when a car bomb exploded in Shurta neighbourhood in southwestern Baghdad.

Similarly, many such explosions were reported from areas in and around Baghdad, killing several people.

A group of unidentified gunmen broke into a house before dawn in the suburb of Arab Jubour in southern Baghdad and shot dead a man, his wife and their three sons, an interior ministry source said. Two people were killed by gunmen in Doura district in southern Baghdad, the source added. Bomb explosion were also reported from Jbala, where one  person was killed.

According to reports, death toll in August reached 841

Jbala is part of the restive area, dubbed 'Triangle of Death', which is a hotbed of insurgency against the US troops and Iraqi security forces. The town is among the clusters of Sunni towns scattered north of Babil's provincial capital city of Hilla, about 100 km south of Baghdad.

In Iraq's Diyala province, a bomb attached to a civilian car went off in Maqdadiya city, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, wounding three people aboard, two of whom were off-duty policemen, a police source said.

The monthly death toll from violence of Iraq in August was 841, according to a statement released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq Sunday.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.


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