Multiple Blasts Kill 23 in Iraq

Bloodshed continues with bombs targeting busy markets near the capital Baghdad.

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Officials say at least 23 people have been killed in blasts targeting outdoor markets in Iraq's capital Baghdad. Al Qaeda are thought to be behind the attacks. 

Three bombs exploded simultaneously in the Shiite village of Sabaa al-Bour, located almost 20 miles north of Baghdad. Police have reported that bombs went off at the entrance to the town's busy market area, with another detonated inside killing 16 people and wounding 41 more.

The BBC reported seven people were also killed by bomb in the Sunni Dora district, south of Baghdad. The report also said an attempt by the Iraqi government to arrest some Al Qaeda members in Baghdad had failed to halt the torrent of attacks on the country in recent weeks. 

Eight people were killed in three terrorist attacks in Iraq on Tuesday, continuing a wave of violence that has sparked fears of a return to all-out sectarian conflict.

Last Friday, a double bombing at a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad killed 18 people. The next day, a Shiite Muslim funeral in Baghdad was targeted by bombers; 73 people were killed.

In total, over 610 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in Iraq in September, and over 4,400 have died since the beginning of 2013, according to the AFP news agency, which based the numbers on data from Iraqi security and medical sources.

There are fears of a return to the all-out Sunni-Shia sectarian violence that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people. Iraq's population is around 65% Shia with 35% Sunni Muslim. It is thought Sunni aligned Al Qaeda have been responsible for the majority of violence against Shia areas of the country.