Attacks across Iraq kill 35

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Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A series of attacks in Iraq killed 35 people Tuesday, the majority of them in the Baghdad area, as the worst protracted unrest since 2008 showed no let-up.

In Tarmiyah, a town 45 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad that is frequently hit by deadly violence, militants opened fire on an army patrol, killing eight people, including seven soldiers, security and medical officials said.

Another 14 people were wounded, 10 of them soldiers.

In Taji, also north of the capital, a car bomb targeting another army patrol killed four soldiers and wounded 11 others.

In Baghdad itself, separate vehicles rigged with explosives killed 11 people.

Attacks elsewhere in the country killed 12 people. Among them were twin roadside bombs targeting a convoy of lawmakers near the restive city of Baquba. The MPs were unharmed, but three of their guards were killed and three more wounded.

Elsewhere in and around Baquba and the cities of Tikrit and Mosul further north, shootings and bombings killed nine people. Among them were three policemen and a woman working in the office of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political coalition.

No group has claimed responsibility for most of the recent rise in bloodshed.

More than 400 people have been killed so far this month and upwards of 2,100 since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on reports from security and medical sources.

(AFP)

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