Baghdad bombs kill 86 as sectarian violence spreads
ReutersBAGHDAD -- A series of car bombings and other attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday killed 86 people and wounded 263, police and medical sources said, extending the worst wave of sectarian bloodshed in Iraq for at least five years.
August 30, 2013, 11:12 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.