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Bombs On Iraq Town Squares Kill 5
[AnNahar] Attacks killed five people in town squares in Iraq on Friday, including four who died when a jacket wallah set off his vehicle rigged with explosives just before midday prayers.

The latest violence, which left dozens maimed, comes as Iraq struggles with a surge in violence coinciding with a long-running government deadlock and months of protests among the Sunni Arab minority.

The deadliest of the attacks on Friday struck Samarra, a predominantly Sunni town north of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
, when a suicide bomber detonated a boom-mobile near Al-Haq square, a focal point for anti-government protesters for months.

The attack took place just before Friday prayers near the Al-Razzaq mosque, killing four people and wounding 12, police and medics said.

The suicide bomber wore an army uniform, police said.

In the predominantly Shiite town of Kut south of Storied Baghdad, a bomb set off in al-Amil square at around 10:00 am (0700 GMT) killed one person and maimed 17 others.

Two gunnies also died in the northern town of Hawijah when the bomb they were trying to plant unexpectedly went off, officials said.

Iraq has seen a surge in violence since the start of the year, with the U.N. reporting more than 2,500 people killed from April through June, the highest such level since 2008.

The increase in unrest has coincided with ongoing protests in the Sunni Arab community that analysts and diplomats say have boosted recruitment to Sunni myrmidon groups and given them room to maneuver.
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