A series of car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 33 people and wounded over 100 on Thursday,with one near the Green Zone diplomatic complex,fuelling a death toll that has soared since the beginning of the year to levels not seen since 2008.
Militant groups,including al-Qaeda,have increased attacks in recent months in an insurgency against Iraqs Shia-led government,raising fears of a return to full-blown sectarian conflict after US troops withdrew 18 months ago.
Iraqi police sources said one bomb exploded just 200-300 metres outside Baghdads international zone,close to Iraqs Foreign Ministry,killing four and wounding 12.
The central zone is a highly-fortified area housing Western embassies including the US mission and the nearby Iraqi ministry has been a frequent target of attacks.
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