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30 dead in car bombings

Multiple car bombings in predominantly Shi'ite districts of Baghdad killed at least 30 people on Saturday (July 20), police and medics said, the latest in a series of attacks that threaten to sink Iraq once again into full-blown sectarian conflict. Most of the attacks struck in busy commercial areas where people had gathered to shop and socialise after breaking their daily fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. One car bomb exploded in a commercial street in the Karrada neighbourhood, killing at least four people. Stall owners at the market were wading through the damage on Sunday to recover what they could, with parts of the commercial street littered with destroyed watermelon pieces. The deadliest explosion took place in the northern neighbourhood of Tobchi, where 10 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in a busy commercial street. It was unclear who was behind the blasts. Sectarian tensions in Iraq have been inflamed by the civil war in neigh

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