January 29, 2014

Car bombs in mainly Shi’ite districts of the Iraqi capital and a shooting killed at least 19 people on Wednesday, police said, driving the death toll so far this month to nearly 1,000, according to Iraq Body Count.

No group claimed responsibility for the blasts, but members of the country’s Shi’ite majority are often targeted by Sunni Islamist insurgents, some linked with al Qaeda, who have regained ground in Iraq over the past year.

Twin blasts in the capital’s southern Shula district on Wednesday evening killed seven people and a car bomb in New Baghdad claimed a further five lives. Another explosion in Talibiya killed four, and in Camp Sarah, a mainly Christian neighborhood, gunmen shot three more dead.

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