Explosives-laden car kills five, wounds 19 in Baghdad

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Published Thursday, May 16, 2013

A car bomb explosion in Baghdad Thursday has killed at least five civilians, officials said.

Two police officers said the vehicle packed with explosives struck a bus and taxi stop during morning rush hour in the eastern Sadr City neighborhood. The officers said the attack also wounded 19 people.

A medical official in a nearby hospital confirmed the casuality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

The attack followed a wave of bombings Wednesday that struck seven different areas of Baghdad, killing at least 33 people. Seven of them died in Sadr City.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday blamed sectarian intolerance for a surge of violence in Iraq.

"The bloodshed today is a result of sectarian hatred," Maliki said in televised remarks. "These crimes are a natural result of the sectarian mindset."

Violence in Iraq has fallen from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, killing more than 200 people in each of the first four months of this year.

(AP, AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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