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Six car bombs kill 34 in Iraq

Six car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 34 people and wounding scores, police said, after a spate of arrests targeting Sunni Arab fighters raised tensions in the Iraqi capital.

world Updated: Apr 07, 2009 01:04 IST

Six car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 34 people and wounding scores, police said, after a spate of arrests targeting Sunni Arab fighters raised tensions in the Iraqi capital.

A blast at a popular market in eastern Baghdad's Shi'ite Sadr City slum killed at least 10 people and wounded 65.

Another car bomb blew up next to a group of labourers queuing for work, killing six people and wounding 16.

Two other blasts shook a market area of Husseiniya, on Baghdad's northern outskirts, killing four, and a street in eastern Baghdad, apparently targeting the convoy of an Interior Ministry official, killing one of his guards and a bystander.

Hours after the four early explosions, south Baghdad's Um al-Maalif neighbourhood was shaken by two separate blasts in the same market, killing 12 bystanders and wounding 25 others.

The latest spate of lethal attacks followed a week of arrests in Baghdad by Iraq's Shi'ite-led government of Sunni Arab fighters.