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Car bombs leave 33 dead across Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD — A wave of car bombs hit Iraq’s capital on Thursday, killing 33 people and wounding dozens, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence.

Attacks have been on the rise in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown in April on a Sunni protest camp. More than 3,000 people have been killed in the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

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In the deadliest of the blasts across Baghdad, a car bomb struck near a bus station in the northern Shi’ite neighborhood of Khazimiyah, killing eight people and wounding 18.

Another car bomb exploded near a gathering of daily laborers near the fortified Green Zone, where government offices are located, killing six people and wounding 13. In eastern Baghdad, seven people were killed and 15 others were wounded when a car bomb went off near a traffic police office in Baladiyat neighborhood.

Also, a car bomb hit a row of shops in the Bab al-Muadham area, killing four people and wounding 12. In western Baghdad, a sticky bomb attached to a cart selling gas cylinders killed three and wounded 8 others.

A car bomb hit near car repair shops in the city’s northeastern suburb of Husseiniyah, killing four people and wounding 15, police said.

There was no claim of responsibility for Thursday’s bombings.

The latest attacks came a day after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed to continue targeting and arresting insurgent groups.

He said the government will “never give up confronting terrorism.”

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