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Many dead in fresh wave of Iraq violence

At least 66 people killed in blasts across the capital city of Baghdad and city of Tikrit.

Last Modified: 06 Oct 2013 08:59
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The cafe in Balad attacked on Saturday was also targeted in August, killing 16 [AP]

At least 66 people have been killed in bombing and shooting attacks in Iraq, with journalists, pilgrims and cafe patrons among the victims.

A bomb targeting Shia pilgrims in Adhamiyah, Baghdad, killed 20 people and wounded at least 55 on Saturday, officials told Al Jazeera. The pilgrims were walking to a shrine to commemorate the death of Imam Mohammed al-Jawad, the ninth Shia imam.

At least 13 people were killed and 32 injured in a car bombing at a cafe in Balad, near Tikrit, police say. The AFP news agency said it was the same cafe where a suicide bomber struck in August, killing 16 people.

A reporter and a cameraman working for Al-Sharqiya television channel were shot while working in the northern city of Mosul, according to police.

And three militia members, who belonged to the government-backed Sunni Sahwa (Awakening) group, were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Yousufiya, south of Baghdad.

Violence has reached a level unseen since 2008, and there are fears Iraq may relapse into the kind of intense Sunni-Shia bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

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