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Iraq: Car bombs, blasts kill at least 25

First published: March 19, 2013, 2:20 PM IST | Updated: March 19, 2013
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Iraq: Car bombs, blasts kill at least 25
Sunni Islamist insurgents tied to al Qaeda have stepped up their campaign of attacks on Shi'ite targets this year.

Baghdad: A series of coordinated car bombs and blasts hit Shi'ite districts across Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 25 people on the tenth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

Sunni Islamist insurgents tied to al Qaeda have stepped up their campaign of attacks on Shi'ite targets this year in an attempt to trigger sectarian tensions and undermine Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government.

Car bombs and roadside blasts exploded across the capital on Tuesday and a suicide bomber driving a truck attacked a police base in another predominantly Shiite town just south of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

No group immediately claimed Tuesday's blasts, but Iraq's al Qaeda wing, Islamic State of Iraq, has vowed to take back ground lost in its long war with American troops and since the start of the year has carried out a string of high-profile attacks.

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