Five car bombs kill 36 in Shiite areas across Iraq

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BAGHDAD — Five car bombs struck in predominantly Shiite cities and districts in central and southern Iraq today, killing 36 people and wounding dozens in the latest wave of violence roiling the country, Iraqi officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for today’s blasts but coordinated bombings in civilian areas are a favorite strategy used by al-Qaida in Iraq.

Sectarian violence has spiked since Tuesday, when security forces tried to make arrests at a Sunni Muslim protest camp in the northern city of Hawija. The move set off a clash that killed 23 people, including three soldiers.

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