On Friday, two bombs were detonated near a Sunni mosque and another targeted a Sunni funeral procession. One bomb exploded as worshippers were departing a mosque in the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad. A second bomb hit after crowds had gathered to help the injured, in a tactic that has become common in Iraq. At least 49 people are believed to have been killed, and another 57 wounded, police and a doctor told the AFP news agency.
Meanwhile, in Madain, south of Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded near a funeral procession for a Sunni man, killing eight people and wounding at least 25, security and medical officials said. Gunmen also shot dead the brother of a Sunni MP in Baghdad on Thursday.
The bombings come after a spate of attacks targeted at Shias. 21 people died in a series of bombings that mainly hit Shia areas of Baghdad on Wednesday. Three more bomb attacks hit Baghdad on Thursday, killing another 10 people, while twelve more were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a Shiite place of worship in the city of Kirkuk, where relatives of victims from violence the day before were receiving condolences.
The burst of violence raises the spectre of the tit-for-tat killings that killed tens of thousands of people during the height of sectarian tensions. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday blamed the violence on religious intolerance. "The bloodshed ... is a result of sectarian hatred," Mr Maliki said. "These crimes are a natural result of the sectarian mindset."