Iraq suicide attacks kill at least 8 in Turkmen protest


Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a blast after a bomb ripped through a group of workers in Sadr City in Baghdad on Jan. 24, 2012.



Two suicide bombers Tuesday struck an Iraqi Turkmen protest in the village of Tuz Khurmato, about 100 miles north of Baghdad, killing at least 8 people.

It's believed the ethnic minority group had staged the protest to demand better security conditions in the area, which is part of a disputed northern semi-autonomous region claimed by both Kurds and the Iraq government.  

In January suicide bombers attacked the same village, killing at least 23 people when they struck a Shia mosque.

On Monday, car bombs all over Baghdad exploded and killed dozens of people, mainly in Shia-populated areas.

A recent surge of sectarian violence in Iraq killed more than 1,000 people in May. In fact, the month was the bloodiest since mass violence racked the country in 2006-07.

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