Car bombs hit Iraqi capital, killing 33

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 33 people have been killed in a wave of car bombings that hit the Iraqi capital today. Dozens of others were wounded in the latest attacks in a month-long surge in violence.

The attacks have been on the rise since a deadly security crackdown in April on a Sunni protest camp. During the past few months, more than 3,000 people have been killed. There are fears that Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

In the deadliest of today’s attacks, police say one car bomb struck near a bus station, killing eight people and wounding 18.

Another car bomb exploded near a gathering of day laborers near the fortified Green Zone, where government offices are located. Six people died and 13 were wounded.

In eastern Baghdad, seven people were killed and 15 wounded when a car bomb went off near a traffic police office.

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APPHOTO BAGXKK110: Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. A wave of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed 26 people and wounded dozens, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (15 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO ZHM101: Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the northern Shiite neighborhood of Khazimiyah of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. A wave of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed and wounded dozens of people, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) (15 Aug 2013)

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