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Iraq Blasts Kill At Least 13 At Baghdad Market

June 22, 2012

At least 13 people have been reported killed in two roadside bombs explosions at a popular market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Police and hospital officials said as many as 100 people were injured in the blasts on June 22 at the market in Al-Husseiniyah, a predominantly Shi'ite area on Baghdad's northern outskirts.

The attack was the latest in a series of bombings this month that have targeted mainly Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims and religious sites.

Tensions have been high in Iraq since the departure of U.S. troops in December, amid feuding between Iraq's main Shi'ite, Sunni, and Kurdish political factions.

While overall violence in Iraq has dropped since the peak of sectarian fighting in 2006-2007, recent bombings against Shi'ites have reignited fears of renewed sectarian clashes.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/iraq-blasts-kill-at-least-eight-in-baghdad/24622489.html

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