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Dozens killed in wave of Baghdad car bombings

Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of bombings across Baghdad. The attacks hit predominantly Shiiite areas of the city, highlighting the sectarian struggle that continues to plague Iraq.

At least 60 people were killed during a series of explosions in Baghdad Tuesday, police and medics said.

The deadliest attack occurred in the northern Talbiya neighborhood when a car bomb detonated in a busy street, killing nine people. Another explosion also hit the nearby neighborhood of Sadr City.

Two deadly car bombs also went off almost simultaneously in the western neighborhood of Sadiyah, a mostly-Sunni area.

Separate bombs exploded in the commercial district of Karradah as well as in the neighborhoods of Shurta, Zarafaniyah, and Abu Dashir.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite militants has been on the rise in the country. The recent bloodshed has raised fears Iraq could return to the 2006-2007 sectarian war that killed tens of thousands of people.

Earlier on Tuesday, gunmen attacked the home of a Sunni Arab militiaman, killing him, his wife and three children. A day earlier, 12 people were killed in attacks against the Sunni militia.

More than 4,000 people have been killed over the past five months in Iraq, including 800 in August, according to United Nations figures.

dr/ipj (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)