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'Why does all this happen to us?' - Baghdad residents despair at latest wave of car bombings


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'Why does all this happen to us?' - Baghdad residents despair at latest wave of car bombings

At least 37 people have been killed in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad – as ten car bombs exploded in predominantly Shi’ite Muslim areas, in apparently coordinated attacks.

A blast outside a court building in the northern Al-Shaab district set on fire more than 15 cars, killing seven civilians and wounding many more.

One Al-Shaab resident asked: “Why does all this happen to us? And where do the perpetrators come from? They can’t be human beings who commit such acts.”

In Baghdad’s eastern neighbourhood of Mashtal, where a car bomb exploded in a parking lot, an eyewitness said: “Several people were killed or wounded. What crime have innocent people committed?”

Elsewhere, a car bomb targeted soldiers queuing up to collect their pay outside a government bank in the northern city of Mosul. Twelve people were killed.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The increasing violence in Iraq has been partly attributed to growing anger among the country’s Sunni Muslim minority – many of whom feel marginalised by the Shi’ite-led government that came to power after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

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