Sunni militants blamed for attacks in Iraq that have left at least 38 dead

Tuesday 08 October 2013 23.30
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Violence in Iraq has reached a level unseen since 2008
Violence in Iraq has reached a level unseen since 2008
A surge of violence has killed more than 6,000 people across Iraq this year
A surge of violence has killed more than 6,000 people across Iraq this year

At least 38 people have been killed in bomb blasts across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Sunni Islamist militants have been blamed for the attacks as they pursue a campaign to provoke inter-communal conflict.

Eight of the ten blasts in Baghdad were in mainly Shia districts, but there was also an explosion in a mixed area and another in the predominantly Sunni Muslim neighbourhood of Doura.

In the deadliest attack, a parked car blew up in a commercial street in Husseiniya, killing five people.

Separately, four members of a government-backed Sunni militia were killed in a roadside bombing in northern Baghdad earlier yesterday.

Six people, including a police officer, died in fighting between militants and special forces in Hilla, 100km south of the capital.

A surge of violence has killed more than 6,000 people across Iraq this year, reversing a decline in sectarian bloodshed that reached a climax in 2006-07.

Keywords: baghdad, iraq