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Dozens killed in Iraq violence

By Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 1:18 PM EST, Wed November 20, 2013
A car bombing was reported in the Karrada neighborhood in central Baghdad on Wednesday.
A car bombing was reported in the Karrada neighborhood in central Baghdad on Wednesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Bombings, shootings raise death count to 60
  • NEW: Eight car bombs and two roadside bombs detonated in Baghdad
  • Scores of people were injured, police said

(CNN) -- At least 60 people were killed and dozens more injured in Iraq on Wednesday during a wave of bombings and shootings, police told CNN.

Most of the deaths occurred in Baghdad, where eight car bombs and two roadside bombs detonated in mostly Shiite areas. At least 54 people in the Iraqi capital died in strikes at an outdoor market, outside a coffee shop, near a Shiite mosque, inside a bus station, and at other locations.

Sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites and political unrest have festered in recent months. In September alone, nearly 1,000 people were killed in violence across Iraq, according to the United Nations.

14 dead in wave of Baghdad bombings

36 killed in blasts targeting Iraqi Shiite Muslims on holy day

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