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Coordinated bombings in Iraq kill 60 people, wound 200 more

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, Feb 23, IRNA -- Car-bombings and suicide attacks in Shia targets on Thursday killed at least 60 people and injured 200 more, Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

It said they think the attacks were a coordinated terrorism against Shia population. No group claimed responsibility.

IRNA reporter in Baghdad said that the majority of the attacks occurred during the morning rush hours at the Shia neighborhood.

He said that wave of the bombings and other attacks took about two and a half hours and there is fear of death toll may rise.

In another development, suicide bombers and gunmen also attacked security forces and government targets north and south of the Iraqi capital.

Four people were killed in Salahuddin province, north of the capital, in car bombing.

Explosions and other attacks in Diyala province, also north of Baghdad, killed eight and injured 14.

In Baiji, a city in Salahuddin province, one person died and 15 others were injured in two roadside bombings.

Car bombings in two other towns north of Baghdad left five people dead.

In Babel province to the south, one person died and at least 20 people were injured in three explosions.

Last week, at least 18 people were killed in a suicide attack near the Iraqi police academy in the capital.

Shia targets have come under increasing attack since the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved against senior members of the predominantly Sunni Iraqiya political bloc.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, who is accused of financing death squads.

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for previous waves of attacks in December and January in Iraq.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80002772

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