Al Qaeda blamed for deadly violence in Iraq

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Al Qaeda blamed for deadly violence in Iraq

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A wave of attacks across Iraq which left 100 people dead and more than 300 injured has shown al-Qaeda may be battered but it is still able to strike with deadly force.

In one of the bloodiest incidents, two suicide bombers drove into the entrance of a textile factory as workers were ending a shift in the town of Hilla, near Baghdad.

A third bomb exploded as police and medics rushed to the scene.

The violence began with a series of drive-by shootings targeting police and army officers in the capital.

The southern oil city of Basra was also hit with three car bombs… one in a market, the others in a residential area exploding near a petrol station.

Gunmen and bombers targeted several towns in central Iraq exploiting a rise in ethnic tensions.

The attacks come as the country is in political disarray after last March’s inconclusive election.

Two months on, the results have still not been certified after a poll which was designed to deliver stable government.

Both Iraqi and US officials have warned that the political situation could be exploited by al-Qaeda despite it recently having lost two of its leaders at the hands of Iraqi and US security forces.