Attacks kill at least 71 in Iraq, many more injured
ReutersBAGHDAD--At least 71 people were killed and 201 wounded in a series of bombings and other attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday, police and medical sources said, extending the worst wave of sectarian bloodshed in Iraq for at least five years.
August 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Muslim insurgents including the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq have significantly stepped up bombings this year.
More than two years of civil war in neighboring Syria have aggravated deep-rooted sectarian divisions in Iraq, fraying the country's uneasy coalition of Shiite Muslim, Sunni Muslim and Kurdish factions.
In Sadr City, an impoverished Shiite district in Baghdad's northeast, two car bombs killed seven people. A restaurant owner said he saw an attacker just before one of the explosions.
Another car bomb killed seven people and wounded 23 in Jisr Diyala in southeastern Baghdad, police and medics said.
More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the United Nations.