70 die in day of carnage in Iraq
No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks, but officials say the main suspects are militants linked to al-Qaeda.
A triple bombing at a vegetable market in the town of Judaida al-Shat in Diyala province left at least 13 people dead and injured 50 people.
“I was selling watermelon and suddenly I heard a powerful blast at the entrance of the market,” local farmer Hassan Hadi said.
“I fled from dust and smoke when a second blast turned the place into hell,” he added.
On Monday evening, at least 29 people died and 80 were injured in a series of car bomb attacks targeting army and police checkpoints in Mosul.
“We have received many corpses,” said Anwar al-Juburi, a doctor at Mosul General Hospital.
“Most of them were members of the security forces,” he added.
Police also said two roadside bombs detonated near a cafe in the Sadr City district of northeastern Baghdad, killing four people.
Later on Monday, a car bombing at a market in the Taji neighborhood on the northern edge of Baghdad claimed the lives of seven people.
A number of people were also killed in the northern province of Kirkuk in the towns of Tuz Khurmatu and Suleiman Bek and in Madain, where a bombing caused several deaths.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that militant groups and the remnants of the former Ba’athist regime are responsible for the latest wave of violence.
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