Blasts across Iraq kill 30

Bombings struck areas in Baghdad and to the north,killing at least 30 people

Written by Associated Press | Baghdad | Published:April 20, 2012 12:28 am

Bombings struck areas in Baghdad and to the north Thursday,killing at least 30 people in the first major attacks in Iraq in nearly a month. The violence stoked fears that insurgents were trying to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government amid rising sectarian tensions.

In all,officials said extremists launched 12 attacks in the Iraqi capital and in the cities of Kirkuk,Samarra,Baqouba,Dibis and Taji. Mortars were fired into the northern cities of Beiji and Tikrit,but no injuries were reported there.

Nearly 100 people were wounded in the explosions that unfolded over an hour and 15 minutes. Half the bombs struck security forces and government officials.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The single deadliest bombing came in Dibis,where a parked car exploded,killing six passers-by and wounding four,Kirkuk Police Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir said.

A car exploded in the Diyala provincial; capital of Baqouba in eastern Iraq,killing one and injuring 13 people. Within two hours,bombs cropped up across Baghdad,killing 12 across the Iraqi capital — mostly in Shiite neighborhoods.

Health Minister Majeed Hamad Amin was also targeted. He escaped unhurt.

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