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BAGHDAD — Emboldened militants in Iraq set up their own checkpoint to kill drivers and bombed crowded cafes Thursday in the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed at least 42 people, authorities said.
More than 550 people have been killed in violent attacks so far this month, according to an Associated Press count, as violence continues during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The speaker of Iraqi Parliament has acknowledged that insecurity likely will get worse after a massive prison break freed hundreds of inmates, including Al Qaeda militants.
The deadliest attack Thursday happened when a bomb exploded inside a crowded cafe north of Baghdad, killing 16 diners and wounding 20 others.
Iraqi police said that the blast targeted Noufel cafe near the town of Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.