Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

56 killed in wave of Iraq blasts

As people mourn those killed in the Iraq war 10 years after it began, suicide attacks are still a regular occurrence in the country (AP)

At least 56 people have been killed and more than 200 others injured in a wave of bombings across Baghdad and nearby towns, Iraqi officials said today.

More than a dozen attacks - mostly car bombings - highlighted increasing sectarian tensions in Iraq a decade after the war began.

The attacks came on the eve of the anniversary of the US-led invasion, which started before dawn on March 20 2003.

One of the deadliest of the attacks hit near a main gate to the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses major government offices and the embassies of several countries, including the United States and Britain.

Police and hospital officials provided the casualty toll.

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