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Funerals held after spate of Baghdad bombs

world Updated: Apr 07, 2010 12:00 IST

Hundreds of people are gathering for funerals after bombs ripped through apartment buildings and a market in mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad.

The blasts on Tuesday killed some 50 people in post election bloodshed that threatens to rekindle sectarian violence that nearly destroyed the country three years ago.

Hundreds of men hoisting caskets and holding photos of loved ones walked through the streets of Baghdad, mourning the victims. The attacks appeared to be an attempt by al-Qaida in Iraq or other extremists to exploit a power vacuum during what promises to be lengthy negotiations to form a new government.

About 120 people have been killed in and around the capital over the past five days, some of the most brutal strikes on civilians in months.