48 killed in a series of attacks across Iraq
Iraqi men clean the rubble at the site of a blast that took place the previous day outside a cafe in Baghdad's Bayaa neighborhood on November 21, 2013. [Getty Images]
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In the deadliest attack on Thursday, a car bomb explosion rocked an outdoor vegetable market in the town of Sadiyah, some 140 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of the capital Baghdad, claiming the lives of at least 31 people.
Reports say that 45 people were also wounded in the attack.
In the town of Taji north of the capital, six Iraqi soldiers lost their lives and 12 others wounded after a bomb went off near an army checkpoint.
In Baghdad's northern Kasra neighborhood, a person was killed and five others injured in a car bomb blast.
Eight civilians were killed and 15 others wounded in bombings hitting a commercial area of Baghdad's western Amiriyah neighborhood.
In Baghdad's southeastern Bayaa neighborhood, armed men attacked a supermarket, killing two people and wounding two others.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but systematic bombings are a favorite tactic of al-Qaeda-linked groups that seek to destabilize the country.
On Wednesday, 35 people lost their lives and many others were wounded in a series of coordinated bomb attacks in several neighborhoods of Baghdad.
On October 23, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that Iraq is facing a “war of genocide.”
He blamed the al-Qaeda militant group for killing thousands of people in Iraq, saying that the group is “destroying the houses of citizens and killing them, and blowing up government departments.”
Data released by Iraq’s ministries of health, interior and defense on November 1 showed that violence in the Arab country killed 964 people and injured 1,600 others in October alone.