Wave of bombings kills 30 in fresh Iraq attacks

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A series of bombs in Iraq, including one targeting a provincial governor, killed at least 30 people Thursday and wounded dozens as a tireless wave of violence further rattled the country.
Iraq is experiencing its most relentless round of bloodshed since the 2011 U.S. military withdrawal, deepening fears that the country is heading back toward the widespread sectarian fighting that pushed it to the brink of civil war in the years after the invasion. More than 500 people have been killed in May, with attacks escalating in the last two weeks. The month before was Iraq’s deadliest since June 2008, according to a United Nations tally that put April’s death toll at more than 700.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said he spent three hours inspecting checkpoints throughout the capital late the previous night, underscoring growing concerns about the security forces’ ability to stem the violence. Authorities in Baghdad also announced a ban in effect from early Friday on cars bearing temporary black license plates, which are common in post-war Iraq, where for years it was difficult to obtain new ones. The plates are typically on older model vehicles and are more difficult to trace, and authorities say they are frequently used in car bombings.
Most of Thursday’s blasts went off in Baghdad. Car bombs killed four in the northeastern Shiite neighborhood of Binouq, and three died in a bombing at a market selling spare car parts in central Baghdad, according to police.
In Baghdad’s eastern Shiite Ur neighborhood, a parked car bomb went off next to an army patrol, killing four and wounding 17, police said. Police officials also said that a roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in the largely Shiite central commercial district of Karradah, killing three people there.
The Karradah blast shattered glass and twisted metal signs on several storefronts, and left the stricken police unit’s modified Ford pickup truck charred and mangled.
In Baghdad’s northern Shiite neighborhood of Shaab, a car bomb exploded in a commercial area, killing six civilians and wounding 17 others. In the largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah in the capital’s north, a car bomb struck near a military convoy, killing three people, including two soldiers, according to police. Another 14 people were wounded in that attack. Another police patrol was struck in the southern neighborhood of Saydiyah, injuring six. In Anbar province, the provincial governor escaped an assassination attempt when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into his convoy, his deputy Dhari Akan said. The governor escaped unharmed, but four of his guards were wounded, Arkan said. Anbar is a vast Sunni-dominated province west of Baghdad that has been the center for months of protests against the Shiite-led government.