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Multiple Iraq attacks kill at least 10

BAGHDAD — Militants launched separate attacks shortly after sunset Sunday in and around the Iraqi capital, killing at least 10 people, officials said.

The deadliest took place in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Sadr City when a car bomb exploded in an outdoor market for secondhand motorcycles and bicycles, killing six civilians and wounding 21, a police officer said.

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Another police officer said a bomb-laden motorcycle exploded in Baghdad’s northern Waziriyah neighborhood, killing three and wounding 12.

Gunmen in a speeding car also attacked a police checkpoint in nearby Tarmiyah, killing one and wounding three, authorities said.

Three medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.

Insurgents have intensified attacks since last year in an attempt to undermine government efforts to maintain security. Last year was the deadliest since the country’s sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2007. According to United Nations figures, 8,868 people were killed.

Since late December, Iraq’s western cities have seen fierce clashes pitting government security forces and their allies from tribal Sunni militias against Al Qaeda-linked militants and other insurgent groups. The insurgents continue to hold sections of the city of Fallujah and the Anbar provincial capital, Ramadi.

On Saturday, Iraqi authorities announced a three-day halt of military operations in Fallujah as a goodwill gesture. They said the halt will last through Monday after requests from clerics and tribal sheiks to halt the bloodletting.

But residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity for safety reasons, said Sunday that gunfire could be heard.

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