35 killed, 163 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD:  At least 35 people were killed and 163 others wounded in a wave of violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, police said.

At least seven people were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday evening when two car bombs went off near a Shiite mosque in New Baghdad area in eastern Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest among a crowd of Shiite pilgrims in Seliekh district in the northern part of Baghdad, killing 12 people and wounding 25.

The attacks came as thousands of Shiite pilgrims walked from other Baghdad districts in processions to commemorate the death of Imam Mohammed al-Jawad, the ninth of the 12 most revered Shiite Imams, whose tomb is located in the center of the old part of the holy Shiite Kadhimiya district.

In northern Iraq, up to 15 people were killed and some 122 others wounded Sunday morning when two suicide car bombs went off at a village near the city of Tal Afar in the province of Nineveh, Abdul- Aal al-Abbasi, an official in the city's local government told Xinhua.

"The reports said that a total of five policemen, school principal and nine school children were killed and 122 people were wounded in the two suicide car bombs near a school and a police station in the village of Qabat," Abbasi said.

Most of the wounded were school children and many of them are in critical condition, Abbasi added.

One of the blasts occurred when a suicide bomber blew up a truck loaded with explosives near a primary school in a predominantly Shiite Turkoman village outside the city of Tal Afar, about 430 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Abbasi said.

The explosion damaged part of the school building. The Iraqi security forces and rescue teams rushed to the scenes to remove the debris of building in search for victims, Abbasi added.

Another car bomb went off near a police station in the same area, Abbasi said without giving further details.

Also on Sunday, a car bomb exploded near a patrol of Iraq's Kurdish Asayish security forces in Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, killing one soldier and injuring three people, a local police source told Xinhua.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq has said that almost 6,000 civilians were killed and over 14,000 others injured in Iraq from January to September this year.

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