Suicide Bomber in Iraq Kills 41, Wounds 56

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's interior ministry spokesman says a suicide bomber has blown himself up among Shiite pilgrims in northern Baghdad, the deadliest in a series of attacks that have killed 41 people.

Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan says the bomber struck a pedestrian checkpoint for pilgrims in the largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah. He says at least 56 people also were wounded in the attack.

Police and hospital officials also say a bomb exploded in the religiously mixed Baghdad neighborhood of Baiyaa, killing three people and wounding 13 wounded.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

The bombings followed earlier attacks on Saturday that killed 21 other people.

BAGHDAD (AP) - The mayor of a largely Shiite town north of Baghdad says a suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a cafe there, killing at least 13 in the latest lethal attack to strike Iraq.

Balad Mayor Malik Lefta says the bomber blew himself up inside a coffee shop in the center of the town. He gave the death toll and said at least 22 people were wounded in Saturday's attack. Balad is 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad

The bombing follows earlier attacks that killed at least eight people.

The killings are part of the deadliest surge in bloodshed to hit Iraq in five years, raising fears that the country is falling back into the spiral of violence that brought it to the edge of civil war in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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