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Dozens killed in Iraqi violence in capital and in north

Iraqis walk in the funeral procession on October 17 of one of the victims of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, northern Iraq.

Story highlights

  • The death toll rises to 34 in Iraq explosions
  • Many blasts appeared to target amusement parks, according to police
  • An explosion in northern Iraq collapses buildings, traps people
  • Sunni extremist groups are targeting a Shiite minority in the north

Dozens have died in Iraq in explosions primarily targeting amusement parks where families and children typically go to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adha, according to police.

At least 34 people died and 122 were wounded Monday in the series of car-bomb and roadside explosions across Baghdad, police officials said. At least 10 car bombs and three roadside bombs exploded in several Baghdad neighborhoods

In the northern town of Muwafakiya, a car bomb killed 17 people and wounded at least 66 in a refugee compound, police said.

The explosion caused buildings to collapse, trapping victims under rubble. The town is 20 miles east of Mosul.

Seven children were among the dead, police said.

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The compound was home to displaced members of an ethnic Shiite minority and is near a Shiite mosque. Sunni extremist groups such al Qaeda have been targeting the minority in Nineveh province in recent months, police said.

    Iraq has seen a sharp increase in tension between its Shiite and Sunni populations since April, when security forces raided a site used by Sunni protesters to demonstrate against the Shiite-led government.

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