More than 80 people have been killed in an upsurge of violence across Iraq in the past two days. Baghdad has been rocked by two bomb attacks that have left at least 22 dead. And police have recovered some 60 bodies around the capital – the apparent victims of Iraq’s continuing sectarian bloodshed. The two blasts hit police targets in the city. The first killed 14 people outside the traffic police headquarters, a second targeted guards at an electricity station in eastern Baghdad.
The discovery of the bodies, most of which appear to have been tortured, indicates a security clampdown in the capital has failed to stop the sectarian death squads. Elsewhere in the country, two more US soldiers have been killed in attacks by insurgents.