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Bombings kill 40 in and around Iraqi capital

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BAGHDAD — Nearly a dozen explosions tore through predominantly Shi’ite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 40 people at crowded market places, commercial districts, and car repair shops, officials said.

The attacks are part of a wave of violence that has washed across Iraq since a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in April. Since then, the bloodshed has reached heights unseen since the country teetered on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s attacks, but insurgent groups frequently target civilians in cafes and public areas of Shi’ite neighborhoods in an attempt to undermine confidence in the Shi’ite-led government and stir up Iraq’s simmering sectarian tensions.

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