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Series of deadly attacks across Iraq kill dozens

(Xinhua)

15:39, July 24, 2012

BAGHDAD, July 23 (Xinhua) -- A series of attacks across Iraq on Monday killed at least 80 people and wounded some 282 others in a deadliest day in two years that shortly followed the local al- Qaida militant group's warning that it would start a new round of violence in an attempt to retake their previous strongholds.

One of the attacks occurred in the early morning when a car bomb and two roadside bombs struck a residential complex in Taji area, some 20 km north of Baghdad, killing up to 16 people and wounding 46 others, according to an Interior Ministry source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Another deadly attack took place at the Shiite bastion of Sadr City neighborhood when a booby-trapped car struck a restaurant, killing 12 people and wounding up to 38 others, along with destroying part of the restaurant and damaging several nearby shops and cars.

Also in Baghdad, a car bomb ripped through an intersection in Husseiniyah district in northeastern part of the capital, killing three people and wounding 31 others, the source said.

In addition, two more car bombs were detonated during the day in two neighborhoods in western Baghdad, killing a total of three people and 12 others.

In north of Baghdad, gunmen pounded an Iraqi army base with mortar rounds and rockets before they stormed the base with their rifles near a village outside the town of Dhuluiyah, some 80 km north of Baghdad, killing 14 soldiers and an officer.

Separately, gunmen attacked a security checkpoint manned by the Awakening Council group members at the village of Albu-Nemir near the city of Samarra, some 110 km north of Baghdad, the killing two of them and wounding a third.

The Awakening Council group, also known as Sons of Iraq movement or Sahwa, consists of mostly former anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent militant groups, who turned their rifles to fight al- Qaida network after Sahwa's leaders became dismayed by al-Qaida's brutality and religious zealotry in the country.

Also in the morning, a civilian was killed and 35 were injured when two booby-trapped cars and three homemade bombs went off separately in central the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 200 km north of Baghdad.

In Iraq's Kirkuk province, 11 people were killed and 35 others wounded by seven car bombs and five roadside bomb explosions across the province cities.

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