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Bombings kill 32 in Iraq's capital

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-08-07 10:37

BAGHDAD -- At least 32 people were killed and 108 others injured in a wave of bombing attacks on Wednesday in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry said. 

The attacks included two car bombs in the district of Sadir City, one bomb near the Church of the Virgin Mary in al-Neairiya district and a suicide bombing near a market area in Ur district, Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said in statement. 

All the three districts are Shiite areas in eastern Baghdad. No group has so far claimed responsibility for these attacks. 

The security situation began to drastically deteriorate in Iraq on June 10 when bloody clashes broke out between the Iraqi security forces and hundreds of Sunni militants who took control of country's northern city of Mosul and later seized swathes of territories after the Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces. 

Iraq has been witnessing some of the worst violence in years. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said on Friday that at least 1, 737 Iraqis were killed and 1,978 others injured in acts of terrorism and violence in July across Iraq, not including casualties in Anbar province. 

Terrorism and violence have killed 5,576 civilians in Iraq in the first half of this year, with 11,666 more wounded, according to a recent UN report.

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