16 killed as attacks continue across Iraq

BAGHDAD — Bombings at marketplaces and busy streets around Iraq’s capital and elsewhere killed 16 people Wednesday, officials said, the latest attacks in a wave of violence roiling the country.

Violence in Iraq has intensified since April to levels not seen since 2008. At least 452 people have died in attacks across the country so far this month.

The deadliest attack Wednesday targeted a market in the town of Madain, 14 miles south of Baghdad. There, authorities said a bomb killed five shoppers and wounded 13.


Another bomb exploded during the morning rush hour in Baghdad’s western Amariyah neighborhood, killing four people and wounding 10, police said. And a bomb at a market in the Abu Ghraib area outside Baghdad killed two shoppers and wounded eight, officials said.

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Gunmen also killed two police officers in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, authorities said.

In the northern city of Mosul, a bomb exploded at a small restaurant, killing two people and wounding six, officials said.