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Dozens killed in days of violence across Iraq

Friday, March 01, 2013 - 01:12

Mar. 1 - At least five people were killed in bomb blasts in the Iraqi city of Diwaniya, following a deadly blast in Baghdad a day earlier which killed 22 people. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A wave of violence in Iraq leaves dozens dead. On Thursday in Baghdad two bombs -- one near a crowded restaurant and the other near a football field -- killed at least 22 people. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOUNDED MAN ALI JASSIM, SAYING: "There was a final soccer match between two local teams when this coward came in and hugged the goalkeeper and then blew himself up. I was thrown by the force of the blast to the other side of the field. My mother and brother rushed to see me and later I was taken to the hospital." No one is claiming immediate responsibility for the attacks -- that wounded dozens of people In southern Iraq at least five people are killed in more blasts Friday. Violence in Iraq is increasing as Sunni opposition swells against the Shite-led government. On Friday Iraq's Sunni finance minister resigned saying the government has failed to meet the needs of Sunni citizens. While sectarian violence has not reached levels hit in 2006-2007, Shi'ite leaders fear the war in neighboring Syria could reignite tensions at home.

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Dozens killed in days of violence across Iraq

Friday, March 01, 2013 - 01:12