Iraq suicide attacks kill at least 8 in Turkmen protest

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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.

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AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

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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