• 26 killed in Iraq car bombings

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    BAGHDAD: Eight car bombs exploded in Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and pushing the October death toll from Iraq violence past 600, officials said.

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    The wave of blasts, which hit seven different areas in and around the Iraqi capital, also wounded more than 70 people, the security and medical officials said.

    One of the worst-hit neighborhoods was Shaab in north Baghdad, where two car bombs exploded in a commercial area, killing at least five people and wounding at least 17.

    Blasts also struck the areas of Bayaa, Baladiyat, Mashtal, Hurriyah and Dura in Baghdad, and Saba al-Bur near the capital.

    Sunni militants often carry out attacks targeting members of Iraq’s Shiite majority, whom they consider apostates.

    Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.

    The surge in bloodshed this year, which has included sectarian attacks, has raised fears Iraq may relapse into the intense Sunni-Shiite conflict that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands.

    AFP

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