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Violence escalates in Iraq after 58 people are killed in bomb attacks across the country

By Daily Mail Reporter

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At least 58 people have been killed in a wave of attacks across Iraq which included a car bomb outside a French consulate.


Attacks were carried out in 10 cities across the country, amid fears that violence is escalating in Iraq.

The most serious of the bombings, blasts and shootings happened near the city of Amara, 185 miles south of Baghdad, when two car bombs exploded outside a Shi’ite shrine and a market place, killing at least 16 people, officials said.


Security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 155 miles north of Baghdad

Security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 155 miles north of Baghdad

 

'So far 16 corpses were brought to the hospital, and more than 100 people were wounded,' Sayid Hasanain, a local health official, said.


With its main hospital overflowing with injured from the attacks, mosques in Amara used prayer loudspeakers to call for blood donations.

 

Overnight in Dujail, 30 miles north of Baghdad, gunmen and a suicide bomber driving a car attacked a military base, killing 11 soldiers and injuring seven, police said. 


Later on Sunday, a car bomb killed eight people queuing for jobs as police guards for the Iraqi North Oil Company in the flashpoint city of Kirkuk, 200 miles north of Baghdad.


Devastation: Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra

Devastation: Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra

 

Attack: An Iraqi policeman inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk

Attack: An Iraqi policeman inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk

 

Kirkuk was hit by several other blasts. A car bomb and a bomb packed into a motorcycle detonated outside a crime investigation office, killing seven and wounding 40. 


More people were killed in several other blasts across the country, including in the towns of Baquba, Samarra, Basra and Tuz Khurmato.


The car bomb that exploded outside the French consular building in the usually stable city of Nassiriya, 200 miles south of Baghdad, killed a police guard and wounded four other guards, authorities said.

The consul, an Iraqi citizen, was not at the office at the time of the attack.


At least 58 people were killed and dozens others were wounded in a wave of attacks across of Iraq

At least 58 people were killed and dozens others were wounded in a wave of attacks across of Iraq

 

Two other people were killed and three wounded by a separate car bomb in the city.

French diplomats have been hit before by violence in Iraq. 


In June last year, a French embassy convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad that wounded seven local Iraqi guards, one month after another embassy convoy was hit by an explosive device. 


Since Western troops left Iraq, insurgents have often hit high-profile targets, including Shi’ite religious sites or local military or government offices, to show they can still carry out coordinated attacks and undermine the government’s claim to provide security.


Iraq’s local al-Qaeda wing, Islamic State of Iraq, has claimed responsibility for other major attacks on security forces and Shi’ite neighbourhoods.


But former members of Saddam Hussein’s outlawed Baathist party and other Sunni Islamist groups are also fighting the government.

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