BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. envoy in Baghdad says “Iraq is bleeding from random violence” after another wave of car bombings pushed the death toll since April past 3,000, including more than 500 hundred this month.
Officials say more than a dozen rush-hour car bombings today in central and southern Iraq killed at least 51 people in mostly Shiite areas. It was the latest coordinated attack by insurgents determined to undermine the government.
The blasts, which wounded scores more, are part of a months-long surge of attacks that is reviving fears of a return to the widespread sectarian bloodshed that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
The violence surged after an April crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest camp in the north that killed 44 civilians and a member of the security forces.
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