35 dead after bomb blasts rip through Iraqi capital
AFPBAGHDAD--Bombs exploded in a market near a church in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, killing 35 people and wounding more than 50, the interior ministry said.
December 26, 2013, 12:13 am TWN
The blasts come as Iraq suffers its worst violence since 2008, when it was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings, raising fears that the country is slipping back into all-out conflict.
Security officials had initially said that a car bomb targeted the St. John church in Baghdad in addition to the market blasts, but Maan, a priest from the area as well as the Chaldean patriarch all denied this.
Analysts say widespread discontent among Iraq's minority Sunni Arab community is a major factor fuelling the surge in unrest this year.