Dozens killed in attacks across Iraq

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More than 70 people have died in a day of violence across Iraq as a result of car bombs, suicide attacks and gun battles.

The attacks have heightened fears of a return to sectarian civil war.

In the town of Tuz Khurmato in the north of Iraq, a powerful blast killed at least three people and wounded around 30 more.Shop fronts were destroyed and vehicles left as burnt-out shells.

No one has yet claimed responsibility, but officials blame the violence on Sunni Islamist insurgents linked to al Qaeda.

Nearly 2,000 people have been killed since April. It’s the worst death toll since bloodletting five years ago which killed tens of thousands.

The conflict in neighbouring Syria is now putting pressure on Iraq’s own fragile sectarian balance.