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Officials: Attacks kill 17 people in Iraq

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm •  Published: July 24, 2013

And in Baghdad, police found three bullet-ridden corpses, police and medical officials said on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief reporters. They also reported that a bomb exploded in the evening in the religiously mixed northern neighborhood of Qahira, killing three and wounding 11.

In the northern city of Tuz Khormato, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a motorized cart exploded in a residential area, wounding 35 people and damaging several houses, police Col. Hussein Ali Rasheed said.

The security situation in Iraq began to deteriorate sharply after security forces cracked down in April on a protest camp in the northern city of Hawija, sparking clashes in which 44 civilians and one member of the security forces were killed, according to estimates by the United Nations.

Overall levels of violence have since escalated and insurgent attacks have become more audacious, including raids this week against two high-security prisons near Baghdad that killed dozens and set free hundreds of inmates, including al-Qaida-linked militants.

On Tuesday, al-Qaida's Iraqi branch claimed responsibility for the attack.