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31 killed, 92 wounded in wave of attacks in southern Iraq


08:20, July 15, 2013

BAGHDAD, July 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 31 people were killed and 92 others wounded in a wave of violent attacks in Iraq's Shiite- dominated southern provinces on Sunday, the police and local media said.

A suicide attacker detonated his explosive vest amid worshipers in the Mosayab Grand Mosque in northern Babil province, some 60 km south of the capital Baghdad, killing 12 people and injuring 25 others, local National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) reported.

Seven people were killed and five others wounded in car and motorcycle bomb attacks in Basra, some 550 km south of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A car bomb went off near a market in Karbala, some 100 km southwest of Baghdad, killing five and injuring 19 others, the source said, adding that another car bomb killed four and wounded 30 others in Kut, some 180 km south of Baghdad.

A car bomb and an improvised explosive device went off consecutively in Nasiriya, some 370 km southeast of Baghdad, killing three people and injuring 13 others, he said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, is responsible for such violent acts in the country.

High-profile bomb attacks are still common in Iraq despite a dramatic decrease since their peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

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