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Iraq attacks on Shia and police targets kill 50

At least 50 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in a wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq, police say.

The attacks targeted predominantly Shia areas, in particular police officers and checkpoints.

In Baghdad, nine people died in two successive blasts in the central Karrada district. Outside the capital, at least two were killed in Baquba.

No group has yet said it was behind the violence. Attacks in Iraq have risen since US troops withdrew in December.

The BBC's Nick Childs reports.

  • 23 Feb 2012
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