Iraq violence leaves at least 47 dead

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Relatives grieve for Mohammed Ali, 18, who was killed on Friday when a suicide bomber attacked a park that was filled with people going to cafes and restaurants in Baghdad. Photo: AP
Up to 47 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in bombings and shootings in Iraq on Sunday, police said.
The city of Baqouba was one of the hardest-hit areas. Car bombs blew up in a residential neighborhood and at a wedding. 
Bombs also caused casualities in and around Baghdad, killing about 16 people.
Elsewhere, militants ambushed a carload of Iraqi soldiers, killing five.
No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday\’s attacks. But tension between Iraq\’s minority Sunnis and the ruling Shi\’ites has been simmering since police cracked down on Sunni protesters in April.
The Sunnis accuse the government of marginalizing them politically and ignoring their demands.
Violence during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended in early August, left more than 670 people dead – one of the highest tolls for years.
Sectarian attacks have killed more than 4,000 people this year, with Baghdad province the worst affected.
United Nations officials say the violence has killed thousands and fear Iraq could be heading toward civil war.
The violence has raised fears of a return to the worst of the ethnic and political bloodletting up to 2008.
Source: Agencies

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