Wave of attacks across Iraq kill 70

AFP-JIJI

A wave of violence, mostly in Sunni areas of Iraq, killed at least 70 people on Monday, shattering hopes that tensions had eased after a recent series of symbolic political gestures.

The attacks, which left more than 230 people wounded, are the latest in a surge in bloodshed that, coupled with long-running political paralysis, has stoked fears of a revival of the all-out sectarian war that blighted Iraq in 2006 and 2007.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bloodshed, but Sunni militants linked to al-Qaida have in the past set off coordinated nationwide bombings in a bid to undermine confidence in the security forces and the Shiite-led authorities.

Monday’s deadliest violence struck the mostly Sunni Arab city of Mosul, where a series of five car bombings, mostly targeting security forces, left at least 29 dead and 80 others wounded, officials said.