The deadliest attack took place in northern Baghdad's mainly
Shi'ite district of Shaab where two car bombs went off killing at
least nine people and wounding 25.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks but
Sunni Muslim insurgents have stepped up attacks on Iraqi security
forces and supporters of the Shi'ite-led government of Prime
Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and tribal fighters have taken
control of Ramadi and Falluja, the main cities in the Sunni
Muslim-dominated province of Anbar in a serious challenge to the
government's authority. Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen are trying
to retake the province.
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In a separate incident, gunmen set up a fake check point on the main
road between Baghdad and Kirkuk, killing six drivers, late on
Saturday near Udhaim, 90 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police
(Reporting by Kareem Raheem, writing by Suadad al-Salhy;
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