Iraq: 27 Dead as Blasts Hit School, Police and Pilgrims

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BAGHDAD  — Suicide car bombers attacked an elementary school and a police station in a small northern Iraqi village on Sunday while another on foot detonated his payload among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing at least 27 people including children, officials said.

The attacks are the latest in a relentless wave of killing that has made for Iraq's deadliest outburst of violence since 2008. The mounting death tolls are raising fears that the country is falling back into the spiral of violence that brought it to the edge of civil war in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
 
Sunday's blasts began Sunday morning in the Shiite Turkomen village of Qabak, just outside the town of Tal Afar. The area around the stricken village has long been a hotbed for hard-to-rout Sunni insurgents and a corridor for extremist fighters arriving from nearby Syria.
 
One car bomb in the tiny village targeted an elementary school while children ages 6 to 12 were in class as another struck a nearby police station, Tal Afar mayor Abdul Aal al-Obeidi said.
 
The dead included 12 children, the school principal and two policemen. Another 90 people were wounded, he said.
 
The village is home to only about 200 residents, and part of the single-story school collapsed as a result of the blast, he said. Tal Afar is about 260 miles northwest of Baghdad.
 
"We and Iraq are plagued by al-Qaida," al-Obeidi said. "It's a tragedy. These innocent children were here to study. What sins did these children commit?"
 
Another suicide bomber, this time on foot, blew himself up hours later as Shiite pilgrims walked through the largely Sunni neighborhood of Waziriyah in the north of the Iraqi capital.
 
At least 12 people were killed and 23 wounded in that attack, according to police and hospital officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suicide bombers and car bombs are frequently used by al-Qaida's Iraq branch. It often targets Shiite civilians because it considers them heretics in its extremist ideology.

United Nations figures released this week showed that at least 979 people, most of them civilians, were killed last month alone.


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