Seven killed and 50 wounded in Iraq
An Iraqi youth makes a belt especially for the annual Shiite Muslim commemoration of Ashura with the saying embossed in Arabic that reads, "Labaik ya Hussein" or " In your service Hussein." (Image credit: AFP)
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AFP reports that attacks across Iraq have left seven people dead and wounded fifty people.
The attacks came just before a period of annual Shia commemoration ceremonies – when Sunni militants step up attacks.
The deadliest attacks took place in Mosul, where a suicide bomber blew himself up in an army recruitment center. Two people were killed in the attack. In addition, a bombing at a restaurant killed two more and left a dozen wounded.
A female civil servant was shot dead in Baghdad. Bombings in the southern cities of Basra, Hilla, Samawa and Diwaniyah wounded more than 20 people.
Iraq is experiencing levels of violence not seen since 2006-2007, when over ten thousand people were killed in a Sunni-Shia civil war.
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