Another wave of Iraq bomb attacks kills at least 15 people


People look at the remains of a car bomb explosion near the fortified 'Green Zone' in the capital of Baghdad, on March 19, 2013. A wave of attacks and explosions in Iraq killed more than 50 people and officials delayed provincial polls, highlighting security concerns on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion.


Sabah Arar

A succession of Iraq bomb attacks in a Shia province killed at least 15 people on Sunday, a day after more explosions killed about 21 civilians in what has become a sustained campaign of militant attacks.

At least eight people were killed in Basra when a bomb struck a Shia political party's headquarters. No group has claimed responsibility, though radical Sunni insurgents and al Qaeda-linked militants are the most likely suspects.

The Associated Press reported a roadside bomb killed a municipal councilman and his son outside Mosul, while gunman shot dead two policemen at a security checkpoint.

A brutal conflict in neighboring Syria that has increasingly taken on a sectarian tone has helped inflame violence in Iraq between Kurds, Sunni and Shia groups. So much so that Iraq is suffering one of the most deadly months in recent memory. Though, it should be noted, the death toll is nowhere near the horrific heights of 2006-2007.

On Saturday, bombs struck that Sunni mosques in Baghdad and killed at least 23 people who were then breaking their daily fast for Ramadan.   

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