Spate of deadly Iraq car bombs hits Iraq

2013-04-15 09:00
An Iraqi policeman stands guard at the scene after a car bomb attack. (File, AP)

An Iraqi policeman stands guard at the scene after a car bomb attack. (File, AP)

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Baghdad - Five car bombs during morning rush hour in a southern Iraqi city and a town north of Baghdad on Monday killed six people, officials said, just days before the country's first elections since 2010.

Three car bombs that went off minutes apart in Tuz Khurmatu, a disputed town north of the capital, killed six people and wounded 60, while two other vehicles packed with explosives exploded in Nasiriyah, wounding 14 people.

In Tuz, which lies 175km from Baghdad, the three car bombs struck in the centre and east of the town at around 08:00, local time, according to a provincial council member and a doctor.

And in Nasiriyah, 305km south of the capital, one of the car bombs detonated in a market and the other went off in an area filled with vehicle repair shops, police and a medical source said.

The credibility of the 20 April vote has been drawn into question as 14 election hopefuls have been murdered and just 12 of the country's 18 provinces will be taking part.

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