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Fragile Iraq rocked by fourth deadly blast in five days

An al Qaida bombing attack on apartment buildings across Baghdad killed at least 39 people yesterday in the latest sign Iraq's fragile security could dissolve in the chaos of its unresolved election.

It was the fourth attack with multiple casualties across Iraq in five days, a spate of violence that has claimed more than 100 lives since Friday.

The attacks have grown as political leaders try to secure enough support to form a government after the March 7 parliamentary elections failed to produce a clear winner.

Major General Qassim al-Moussawi, an Iraqi military spokesman for Baghdad's operations command centre, said the attackers detonated at least seven blasts using homemade bombs and, in one case, a car packed with explosives. “There are casualties, and we are counting them right now with the Health Ministry,” said al-Moussawi, who blamed al Qaida for the explosions. and said Iraq was in a “state of war” with terrorists.

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