20 people killed in Iraq bombings

  • At least 20 people were killed in bomb attacks outside the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday.

    Two car bombs and a suicide attack at a market in the mainly Shia town of Judaida al-Shat left 13 people dead and wounded 50 others.

    A car bomb in Taji, north of Baghdad, killed seven people.

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    In recent months, tensions have escalated between Iraq's Sunni and Shia population over claims by the majority Sunni Muslim communities that they have been overlooked by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's Shia-led government.

    Scores of people have been killed in attacks, mainly in Iraq's majority Shi’ite areas, over the past few weeks.

    An estimated 450 people lost their lives last month, the second consecutive month in which more than 400 people were killed.