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Dozens Killed in Iraq Sectarian Violence

A series of attacks throughout central Iraq killed 12 people on Monday, following a bloody Sunday on which at least 33 died in sectarian violence.

CNN reports at least seven people were killed and another 20 wounded when a bomb exploded in a coffee shop in al-Taji, about 12 miles (20 km) north of Baghdad Monday morning.

In a separate attack on Monday, a roadside bomb detonated near a police patrol in Thiraa Dijla, six miles (10 km) north of Baghdad, killing two and wounding three others.

In yet another Monday attack, a suicide bomber killed three and wounded around 30 others at an election center in Fallujah, 44 miles (69 km) west of Baghdad.

Monday’s deadly attacks came a day after at least 10 different vehicles packed with explosives detonated in eight cities across the nation’s Shiite-dominated south. The attacks, which appear to have been coordinated, killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens more.

In addition to the string of bombings, a shooting attack on police guarding an oil pipeline killed four and wounded five.

NBC News reports that nearly 2,000 Iraqis have been killed in sectarian violence since April. The past two months have been the deadliest in Iraq since 2008, when the US-led occupation and counterinsurgency campaign was in full swing.

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