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Bomb blasts kill at least 35, wound scores in Shiite areas of Baghdad

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Leila Fadel and Aziz Alwan
Washington Post
April 7, 2010

A series of at least seven bombings ripped through mostly poor Shiite Muslim neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital Tuesday, killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 140, security officials said.

The attacks heightened fears that the Sunni Muslim insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq is trying to exploit the uncertainty following the March 7 parliamentary elections and start a sectarian war. Iraq was consumed by sectarian violence during the power vacuum that existed after the December 2005 elections.

Since Friday, about 90 people have been killed and more than 300 wounded in and around the capital in attacks blamed on al-Qaeda in Iraq.

U.S. intelligence officials declared two years ago that the group had been all but defeated. Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and former White House special assistant on Middle East affairs, said the recent attacks may reflect a “gradual revival” of the group, “not back to its 2006 status but back from its nadir in 2008.”

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