Iraq car bombs, roadside bombings kill 21 people
According to police, a deadly bomb blast took place outside a cafe in the town of Buhriz, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring 24.
In a separate incident, an Iraqi soldier died after a roadside bomb targeted an army patrol south of the capital. The blast left two others wounded.
Another bomb explosion at a market in Baghdad’s eastern Basmaya district killed three people and wounded seven while in the southwestern suburb of the Iraqi capital, a roadside bomb hit a car killing two and injuring three.
Meanwhile, in a village north of Baghdad, three police officers were killed after a car bomb went off near their checkpoint.
Hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the casualty figures for all the assaults.
No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks, but systematic bombings are a favorite tactic of al-Qaeda-linked groups that according to Iraqi officials seek to destabilize the country.
On Sunday, about 40 Iraqis were killed in a wave of bombings targeting mostly Shia districts of Baghdad.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed al-Qaeda for killing thousands of people in Iraq, saying that it is “destroying the houses of citizens and killing them, and blowing up government departments.”
A count by Associated Press has showed that least 147 people have died in terrorist attacks in Iraq so far this month.
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