18 killed in Iraq violence
December 09, 2013 10:10 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks, including a car bomb outside a cafe, killed at least 18 people in Iraq today, officials said.

Iraqi authorities have struggled to quell a surge of violence that has swept across the country following a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in April. Since then, the level of bloodshed in the country has soared to heights unseen since Iraq stood on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

Today’s explosion outside a café took place in the town of Buhriz, about 35 miles north of the capital, Baghdad, and killed 12 people and wounded 24, police said. Three more bombings around the country killed an additional six people.

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