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Surge in Iraq violence kills 14 more

BAGHDAD — A string of attacks killed at least 14 people in Iraq on Sunday, officials said, in the latest violence of what has been a particularly bloody month in the country.

Iraq has been hit by a wave of bloodshed that has killed some 300 people in the past two weeks alone, raising tensions between the country’s Sunni minority and Shi’ite-led government. The surge in violence has been reminiscent of the sectarian carnage that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

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Sunday’s deadliest attack took place in the northern city of Mosul, where a car bomb went off at a house early in the morning while a joint army-police unit was conducting door-to-door searches. The blast killed three police officers and one soldier, a provincial police officer said. Twenty people, including four civilians, were wounded.

Also in Mosul, police said militants gunned down a policeman in his car in the city center. Authorities also found a body floating in the Tigris River, shot at close range with hands bound behind the back. Mosul is a former stronghold of Sunni militants.

In northern Baghdad’s Kazimiyah district, militants in a speeding car went on a shooting spree that killed three civilians and wounded another, two police officers said.

Insurgent attacks had decreased sharply in Iraq since the height of insurgency, but recent spikes in attacks amid months-old Sunni protests against the Shi’ite-led government have raised fears that widespread sectarian killings could resume.

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