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Wave of attacks rattles Iraq, killing nearly 30, injuring scores more

(Xinhua)

08:32, July 23, 2012

BAGHDAD, July 22 (Xinhua) -- A fresh wave of attacks rattled war-ravaged Iraq on Sunday when the nation has been witnessing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, killing nearly 30 people and injuring scores of others.

Three bombs exploded in the capital Baghdad late on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 60 others, an interior ministry source said.

The official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity Xinhua that the attacks, taking place at a crowded market, also caused damage to nearby shops, vehicles and residence buildings.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the incidents and investigations are underway, said the official.

As many of the injured are under serious situation, the death toll might rise later, he said.

Elsewhere, two terror attacks in Iraq's eastern Diyala province killed five people and injured three others on Sunday, the local police said.

The police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity via phone that the first attack occurred near a checkpoint, some 60 km off Baquba, capital city of Diyala province, when a roadside bombing killed three Iraqi army personnel, including an officer, and injured two others.

In a separate attack, two policemen were killed and a third wounded in an armed attack on a checkpoint some 70 km off Baquba.

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