Over 40 killed in Iraq violence (Lead)

July 23rd, 2012 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, July 23 (IANS) A series of bomb and gun attacks struck Iraq early Monday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens more, the interior ministry said.

The deadliest attack was at an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad when militants armed with mortars and small arms struck, killing at least 15 soldiers, the CNN reported.

At least three people were wounded in the attack in Dhuluiya town, about 80 km from here.

A series of explosions rocked the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, with three car bombs and five roadside bombs exploding in various locations, killing five people and wounding 19.

In the Sunni-dominated province of Diyala, a motorcycle rigged with a bomb exploded at a market in Muqdadiyah, killing two people and wounding 11, the CNN said.

In a separate attack Monday, a series of bombings targeted a residential area in Taji, on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing at least seven people and wounding 28, it said.

Another car bomb went off outside government offices on the edge of Sadr City, a Shia enclave in the capital, killing 12 people and wounding 18 others, the ministry said.

Sadr City is one of Baghdad’s poorest neighbourhoods and is home to over 1.5 million people.

A third car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in al-Husseiniya, a predominantly Shia suburb in Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 31 others, the officials said.

While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians since the US withdrew its troops in December.

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