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Iraq: Car Bombs Kills Worshippers In Baquba
Two car bombs outside a Sunni mosque in Iraq exploded as worshippers were leaving Friday's parayers, killing at least 30 people.
Some reports suggested that the attack in Baquba, north of Baghdad, targeted a joint prayer service with Shia Muslims.
Another 24 people were wounded in the explosions, according to an army major and a doctor at the city's main hospital.
The second bomb reportedly went off shortly after the first, exploding as people rushed to help the injured.
"We were evacuating the wounded after the first roadside bomb exploded inside a dustbin. Ten minutes later another bomb exploded about six metres away from the first and I got some shrapnel in my stomach," teacher Khalid Jameel, 25, said.
A surge in sectarian violence has killed more than 4,000 people this year, sparking fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out sectarian war last seen in 2006 and 2007.
No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack but Sunni militants have admitted they were behind recent bombs in Baghdad and central Iraq.
Baquba, about 35 miles (60km) from Baghdad, and the surrounding province of Diyala, are populated mostly by Sunni Arabs, though there are substantial Shia and Kurdish minorities.
In 2012, Diyala had the highest per-capita rate of violence in Iraq, according to Britain-based NGO Iraq Body Count. It remains one of the country's least stable areas.
Officials have sought to tackle the violence with high-profile operations targeting militants and tough traffic restrictions, but attacks continue to rock much of the country.
Authorities say the operations have led to the capture of hundreds of fighters and the killing of dozens more, as well as the dismantling of training camps and bomb-making sites.
But the government has faced criticism for not doing more to defuse anger in the Sunni Arab community over alleged ill-treatment at the hands of Shia-led authorities.