Fresh spate of deadly attacks in northern Iraq
CAR bombs, suicide attacks and gun battles in cities across northern Iraq have killed nearly 40 people in worsening unrest that has heightened fears of a return to sectarian civil war.
No group claimed responsibility for the series of attacks, but officials blame most of the violence that has killed nearly 2,000 people since April on Sunni Islamist insurgents.
Early yesterday, two car bombs exploded and a suicide bomber in another vehicle detonated his explosives in a food market in the mostly Shi'ite Muslim town of Jadidat al-Shatt in Diyala province.
The triple blasts left 13 dead and more than 50 wounded among the wreckage of fruit and vegetable stalls, local officials and police said. (Reuters)