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Latest wave of violence leaves scores dead in Iraq

Latest wave of violence leaves scores dead in Iraq
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A string of car and roadside bombs in Iraq have left at least 28 people dead and injured more than 100.

They happened in eleven cities across the country, in mainly Shi-ite areas.

The deadliest blasts were in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad where two car bombs at a market killed at least nine people. Other bombs hit Baghdad itself as well as Basra, Nasiriya and Karbala in the south of the country.

Sectarian violence has increased across Iraq in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008.The civil war in neighbouring Syria has escalated the sectarian tension. Sunnis in Iraq say they feel marginalised by the Shi’ite-led government, which has been in power since 2003.

In recent weeks, Iraqi security forces say they have arrested hundreds of alleged al-Qaeda members around Baghdad. However, the operations, which have taken place mostly in Sunni districts, have angered the Sunni community and failed to halt the violence.

The UN estimates that more than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year in Iraq,