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Dozens die in Iraq bomb wave

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 00:32

June 25 - A series of bomb blasts across the Iraqi capital kills dozens. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Local residents in the Karada and Nasr neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital woke to scenes of destruction on Tuesday (June 25), the aftermath of ten deadly car bombs that exploded across Baghdad on Monday (June 24). The attacks killed nearly 40 people in markets and garages on the evening of a Shi'ite Muslim celebration, police and medical sources said. Some of the attacks targeted districts where Shi'ites were commemorating the anniversary of the birth of a revered Imam, but there also were explosions in mixed neighbourhoods and districts with a high population of Sunnis. The violence reinforced a growing trend since the start of the year, with more than 1,000 people killed in militant attacks in May alone, making it the deadliest month since the sectarian bloodletting of 2006-07. Local residents in the Nasr neighbourhood woke to scenes of chaos on Monday, with wreckage and debris littering the streets and homes badly destroyed by the force of the blasts. Eight people were killed in two car bomb explosions in the central district of Karada, one of them in a car garage. Early on Tuesday security officials could be seen on site of one of the attacks, going through the destruction wrought near a shopping centre. Two car bombs exploded simultaneously near a market in the western district of Jihad, killing eight. Separately, a bomb placed in a cafe in the northern city of Mosul killed five people, pushing Monday's death toll over 40. Insurgents, including al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate, have been recruiting from the country's Sunni minority, which feels sidelined following the U.S.-led invasion that toppled former dictator Saddam Hussein and empowered majority Shi'ites. Since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December 2011, critics say Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has consolidated his power over the security forces and judiciary, and has targeted several high-level Sunni leaders for arrest.

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Dozens die in Iraq bomb wave

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 00:32