May 20 - More than 30 people are killed in a series of bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the mainly Shi'ite southern oil hub of Basra. Sunita Rappai reports.
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Washing the blood off the streets - the clear-up begins after another deadly day of violence in Iraq.
Here in Basra, a predominantly Shi'ite oil hub in the south, at least 11 people were killed when two car bombs exploded.
One was detonated near a busy market and restaurants while the other went off in a bus terminal.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAKIM HUSSEIN, LOCAL SHOP OWNER, SAYING:
"We heard a bang between about 0700 and 0730 in the morning and cars that were parked here were damaged. The blast took place in this area (pointing). There was a man whose name is Ali selling tea in the street, who disappeared in the blast."
The blasts come amid an upsurge of violence in the country.
In the capital Baghdad, eight car bombs in mainly Shi'ite districts killed at least 20 people.
Tensions between minority Sunni Muslims and Shi'ites who now lead Iraq are at their highest since US troops pulled out in 2011.
More than 700 people were killed by attacks in April, according to a UN count, the highest figure in almost five years.
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