At least 49 killed after ten car bombs blast across Baghdad
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 00:46
Oct. 27 - Car bomb attacks across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, kill at least 49 people Sunday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Ten car bombs exploded across Baghdad killing at least 49 people, police and medics said.
Nine of the blasts took place in predominantly Shi'ite districts, with the deadliest attack in the town of Nahrawan, south of the capital, where two car bombs exploded in quick succession near a busy market, killing seven people.
One car bomb explosion hit a bus station in the Al-Mashtal district in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding three others, police said.
The blast damaged a number of vehicles and nearby shops.
Local residents urged the Iraqi government to tighten security measures in public places like markets and bus stations which draw large crowds of people.
Shi'ites have been targeted by Sunni Muslim insurgents including al Qaeda which gained momentum this year after being forced underground in 2007.
Insurgents have exploited growing anger among Iraq's Sunni minority, which complains it has been marginalized under the Shi'ite-led government that came to power following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Sectarian tensions have been further exacerbated by the civil war in neighboring Syria, which has drawn Sunnis and Shi'ites from Iraq and the wider region into battle against each other.
Violence, which reached a climax in 2006-2007 before starting to ease, is now on the rise again, with around 3,000 civilians killed so far this year, according to monitoring group Iraq Body Count.
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