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Monday
Jul222013

More than 70 Die in Iraq Ramadan Violence

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Dozens of people were killed by a series of coordinated car bombings in Iraq's capital Saturday night.

By Sunday, Baghdad authorities said that 57 people had died from a dozen attacks that left more than 125 people wounded.

The bombs were detonated following the break in the daily fast as Muslims in Iraq continue to celebrate the feast of Ramadan, which has turned particularly violent because of a surge in assaults by al Qaeda and their allies.

With a total of 71 reported fatalities throughout the country Saturday, it turned out to be the deadliest single day in Iraq in more than two months.  Meanwhile, Iraqi authorities reported 13 more deaths on Sunday.

At least 500 Iraqis have died since the beginning of July in violence that began picking up following provincial elections in the country last April and a Shiite-led government raid on a Sunni encampment.

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