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Deadly car bomb explodes in Iraq

Car bomb on shop-lined street in the city of Samarra kills at least a dozen people.

Last Modified: 12 Oct 2013 20:19
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More than 6,000 people have been killed in violence across Iraq so far this year [Reuters]

A car bomb exploded in a street lined with shops in the Iraqi city of Samarra, killing at least 17 people, police and medics said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack on Saturday, but insurgent groups, including al-Qaeda, have been regaining ground this year, reversing a decline in sectarian bloodshed that reached a peak in 2006 to 2007.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in violence across the country so far this year, as Iraq's sectarian balance comes under acute strain from the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

"I stopped my car to buy sweets for my kids from a nearby shop when suddenly a huge blast shook the area," said 45-year-old teacher Kamal Mahmoud.

"I felt the heat of the blast on my face and the bodies of two women thrown in the middle of the street covered in blood, one of them without legs".

A further 31 people were wounded in the blast in the predominantly Sunni Muslim city's al-Shurta district.

Having been forced underground in 2007, the mainly Sunni local al-Qaeda affiliate is now staging a comeback, invigorated by war in Syria and growing resentment of the Shi'ite-led government that came to power in Iraq following the US-led invasion.

Samarra has been a focal point for Sunnis who began taking to the streets last December in protests against Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, whom they accuse of marginalising their minority sect since Saddam Hussein's overthrow.

A raid by government security forces on a Sunni protest camp in April touched off a backlash by armed groups that is still ongoing.

 

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