Bombing attacks across Iraq kill 25

BAGHDAD -- A wave of bombings across Iraq hit a number of targets Monday, including residents of ethnically disputed areas, killing 25 people and wounding dozens.

The attacks deepen fears that militants are seeking to reignite ethnic and sectarian violence as tensions remain high in areas contested between Iraq's central government and the Kurdish minority. Also, deadly violence continues between the dominant ethnic communities, Sunni and Shia Muslims.

The deadliest of the attacks took place in al-Mouafaqiyah, a village inhabited by families from the Shabak ethnic group. Seven people were killed and 11 were wounded, police said.

The village lies near the city of Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, and is claimed by Arabs, Turkomen and Kurds. The Shabak have their own language and religious beliefs.

Elsewhere in the north, car bombs went off in a majority Turkomen neighborhood in Tuz Khormato, 130 miles north of Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 26.

Also yesterday, police said a roadside bomb hit a bus carrying Lebanese Shia pilgrims near Samarra, killing one Lebanese national and the Iraqi driver and wounding eight others, including five Lebanese. Also, a car bomb went off on a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims heading to Samarra, killing two, including an Iranian national. -- AP

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