22 die in Iraq blasts and shootings

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Baghdad has been hit by a series of bomb attacks in the past few days (AP) // Baghdad has been hit by a series of bomb attacks in the past few days (AP)
Baghdad has been hit by a series of bomb attacks in the past few days (AP)
Bombings and shootings around Iraq killed 22 people and wounded more than 50 today, authorities said.
The attacks in Shiite neighbourhoods and on security forces underscore how deadly Iraq remains, even though violence has dropped dramatically since a few years ago when the country appeared about to descend into civil war. Over the last month, more than 200 Iraqis have been killed in attacks.
Today's deadliest strike came around 9:30 am in a Shiite neighbourhood in western Baghdad, where eyewitnesses said a taxi exploded outside a local market. Eight people died and 26 were injured, officials said.
Bombings generally are a hallmark of Sunni Muslim insurgents linked to al Qaida, and Shiites remain one of their main targets.
Earlier today, a roadside bomb in a Shiite neighbourhood in southern Baghdad exploded as a police patrol was passing by, killing one person and wounding six. Two more attacks on Shiite enclaves in north-west Baghdad wounded five more people, police said.
And in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province 115 kilometres (70 miles) west of Baghdad, another car bomb wounded seven people in the car park of the provincial council.
Baghdad operations command spokesman Col. Dhia al-Wakil said no overall conclusion about Iraq's security can be drawn from the attacks, which he said are believed to be unrelated. He described Iraq's security as "generally stable".
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