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Bombs blasts across Iraq kill ten people: Police


Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in a street lined with shops in Samarra. Photo - Reuters

Baghdad: A series of bombs killed at least ten people in Iraq on Sunday ahead of the Eid Al Adha, police and medical sources said.

Altogether 11 bombs were detonated by remote control. The deadliest attack took place in the city of Hilla, 100km south of Baghdad, when two car bombs blew up in quick succession, killing at least five people, police said.   

It was not immediately clear who was behind Sunday's attacks, which appeared to be coordinated, but insurgents, including Al Qaeda, have been regaining ground this year.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in acts of violence so far in 2013, reversing a decline in sectarian bloodshed that climaxed in 2006-07.  

In Kut, four car bombs exploded separately, one of them near a primary school and another near a restaurant, killing at least two people and wounding 31, police said.

Leaflets signed by Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate have been distributed on the streets of the Baquba in recent days, telling residents not to send their children to school or they will be killed, residents and police said.

Last week, a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into the playground of a primary school in northern Iraq and blew himself up, killing 14 children along with their headmaster.

"The surge of violence in Iraq spares no one and no place," said a statement from the United Nations following that attack.

Two car bombs went off simultaneously near a vehicle repair workshop, killing two people in the city of Samawa, and a civilian was killed when a car bomb blew up in a commercial street on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, police said.   

Forced underground in 2007, Al Qaeda's Iraqi wing has been re-invigorated by the civil war in neighbouring Syria and growing resentment among the country's minority sect towards the ruling sect-led government.

The affiliate, which merged with its Syrian counterpart this year to form the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has claimed responsibility for attacks on both sides of the border.

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