Attacks kill 31 in Iraq

2013-07-14 22:16
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Baghdad - Violence, including an apparently-coordinated series of bombings that struck central and south Iraq on Sunday, killed 31 people, security sources and medics said, bringing the July death toll to more than 370.

The attacks are just the latest in a surge in violence in which more than 2 600 people have died so far this year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

Iraq has faced years of attacks by militants, but analysts say widespread discontent among members of its Sunni Arab minority, which the Shiite-led government has failed to address, has driven the spike in unrest.

Sunday was the fourth day in a row in which more than 30 people were killed in attacks, and an average of 26 people have died per day in unrest in Iraq over the first two weeks of July.

Both senior politicians and religious leaders have remained silent about the wave of violence.

The deadliest attacks struck central and south Iraq on Sunday evening.

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