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Sunday, October 6, 2013

10 dead, mostly children after suicide bomber targets Iraq school

10 dead, mostly children after suicide bomber targets Iraq schoolARCHIVE PHOTO: A student stands at the site a day after a car bomb attack in Baghdad's  al-Maalef district, October 3, 2013. (Reuters / Ahmed Malik)ARCHIVE PHOTO: A student stands at the site a day after a car bomb attack in Baghdad's al-Maalef district, October 3, 2013. (Reuters / Ahmed Malik)

Suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles at an elementary school and a police station in northern Iraq, killing at least 10 people, most of whom were children.
Tal Afar mayor Abdel-Aal al-Obeidi says the twin blasts hit the nearby village of Qabak on Sunday morning, the start of the local work week. Tal Afar is 420 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, not far from the Syrian border.
He says eight of the dead are children killed in the attack on the school, which partially collapsed in the blast, and that others might remain trapped inside. The other two killed were policemen. At least more were reportedly injured in the attacks.
Iraq has been struck by the deadliest wave of violence in 5 years, with bombings and shootings becoming a near daily occurrence.
On Saturday, 73 people were killed in a raft of attacks throughout the country.
Police officials told AFP that at least 49 people died when a suicide bomber targeted Shiite pilgrims passing through the largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah en route to a nearby Shiite shrine.  Seventy-five people were reported wounded in the blast.
Other attacks across the violence-torn nation claimed 24 lives. The deaths were confirmed by hospital officials.
Around the same time the blast targeted Shiite pilgrims, a suicide bomber detonated himself in a café in  Balad - a  largely Shiite town surrounded by Sunni communities, located about 80 kilometers north of Baghdad. The attack claimed 13 lives and left 22 wounded.
Three people were also killed and 13 were wounded in the religiously mixed Baghdad neighborhood of Baiyaa after a hidden bomb went off inside a café.
Two journalists were gunned down in a separate incident in Mosul, located in the north of the country.
Iraqi forces have carried out operations against militants in recent months but have not managed to curb the violence sweeping the county.
More than 4,800 people have been killed in Iraq this year according to figures published by AFP, which are based on security and medical sources.