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16 killed, 33 wounded in fresh bomb attacks in Iraq


08:05, June 26, 2013

BAGHDAD, June 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 16 people were killed and 33 others wounded in the latest bomb attacks on Tuesday in Iraq, the police said.

A roadside bomb exploded near a football playground in Baquba, capital of Diyala province in eastern Iraq, killing eight young people and wounding 18 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The same source said an improvised explosive device struck a minibus in the Zafaraniyah area in southern Baghdad, killing four people and injuring 15 others.

Meanwhile, in the northwestern province of Nineveh, a bombing attack on an Iraqi army patrol killed four soldiers, he added.

Before the latest attacks, an assault occurred in the city of Tuz-Khurmato when two suicide bombers killed 10 people and wounded some 50 during a rally of Shiite Turkoman minority in the city, some 200 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Additionally, three Iranian Shiite pilgrims were killed and 15 wounded when a roadside bomb struck their bus on their way from Baghdad to the holy Shiite city of Karbala, on a main road near the town of Iskandriyah, some 50 km south of Baghdad.

Tuesday's bombings came amid soaring violence and escalation of sectarian tension between the Sunni and Shiite communities, which is at its highest level since the U.S. troops pulled out from the country at the end of 2011.

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