Blasts across Baghdad kill at least 72 people

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At least 72 people were killed and 109 others were injured after nine blasts rocked the Iraqi capital on Monday evening, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

However, according to Agence France-Presse, eight car bombs and two roadside bombs exploded in eight areas in and around Baghdad.

Meanwhile, Reuters said eight of the 10 blasts in Baghdad were in mainly Shiite districts. Reuters reported another explosion in a mixed area in addition to one in the predominantly Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Doura.

The attacks came a day after two bombings in Baghdad, including a suicide attack against Shiite pilgrims, killed 14 people, according to AFP.

Sunni Islamist militants are suspected to be behind a campaign to provoke inter-communal conflict.

Violence in Iraq has reached a level unseen since 2008, amid persistent fears of a relapse into the kind of intense Sunni-Shiite bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

So far in 2013, the surge of violence has killed more than 6,000 people across Iraq, Reuters reported.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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