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22 Killed, 120 Injured in Iraq


A wave of attacks across Iraq on Thursday killed at least 22 people, officials said, amid warnings of a potential escalation in violence at the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Officials reported more than a dozen explosions and shootings in 12 cities and towns nationwide that also left more than 120 people wounded, and which came a day after attacks killed 13 people.
The latest unrest takes the overall death toll from violence this month to 167, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources.
In the north Baghdad neighbourhood of Husseiniyah, a car bomb killed at least six people and wounded 26, according to an interior ministry official and a medical source.
Meanwhile in the town of Daquq, north of Baghdad in Kirkuk province, a suicide attacker blew himself up at an anti-terrorism department’s compound, according to provincial police Brigadier General Sarhad Qader.
In the province’s eponymous capital, meanwhile, at least four car bombs were set off across the city — including two at the offices of the state-owned North Oil Company.
“I came to investigate one of the attacks near the company compound,” said police Colonel Abdullah Kadhim, head of Kirkuk city’s sniffer dog unit.
“Suddenly, another bomb went off near me, and it damaged lots of cars and company property inside the parking lot.”
Kadhim suffered wounds to his leg.
Provincial health chief Sadiq Omar Rasul put the toll from the attacks in Daquq and Kirkuk city at eight dead and 56 wounded. Qader said the victims included six police killed in the Daquq attack.

Source: AP

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