49 killed in latest wave of Iraq attacks

Iraq Explosions - File

(CNN) — At least 49 people were killedand scores wounded Wednesday in the latest wave of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital.

Twenty-two people were killedand 74 were wounded by seven car bombs and two roadside bombs that exploded in Baghdad, targeting mainly Shiite areas, police said.

Two of the bombs detonated near a busy market in the mainly Shiite area of Hussainiya, in northern Baghdad, police said. The deadliest bombing in Baghdad was in the predominantly Shiite al-Shula neighborhood in the northwestern part of the city, where a car bomb detonated at an outdoor market, killing seven people.

In Baquba, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Baghdad, 14 people were killedand 21 wounded in a bombing at the funeral of a school official, according to police.

North of Baghdad, in Tarmiya, the bodies of three members of the Interior Ministry’s Facilities Protection Services were found dumped.

In Diyala province, gunmen attacked and kidnapped seven truck drivers in Alham village. Two hours later, the bodies of the drivers were found.

At least three people were killed in violence in Mosul.

Sectarian violence is on the upswing across Iraq.

In Anbar province to the west, al Qaeda-backed militants and Iraq’s security forces are battling for control of Falluja and Ramadi. The violence recalls the bloody fighting at the height of the Iraq war that nearly tore the country apart.

The United Nations said 2013 was the deadliest year in Iraq since 2008, with almost 8,000 people killed, most of them civilians. Fears of all-out sectarian war have increased since violence broke out in Anbar province in recent days.

By Lateef Mungin and Jomana Karadsheh

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