BAGHDAD, 16 JUNE: A string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and a shooting in cities across Iraq killed at least 32 and wounded dozens today, extending a wave of violence that is raising fears of a return to widespread killing a decade after the US-led invasion.
Violence has spiked sharply in Iraq in recent months, with the death toll rising to levels not seen since 2008. Nearly 2,000 have been killed since the start of April.
Most of the car bombs hit Shi’ite-majority areas and were the cause of most of the casualties, killing 26. The blasts hit half a dozen cities and towns in the south and centre of the country.
There was no claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but they bore the hallmark of Al Qaida in Iraq, which uses car bombs, suicide bombers and coordinatd attacks to target security forces, members of Iraq’s Shi’ite majority, and others.
The blasts began when a parked car bomb went off early morning in the industrial area of the city of Kut, killing three people and wounding 14 others. ap