AFP
Last updated: 14 August, 2013

Iraqi bombings kill 14

Two bombs exploded north of Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 14 people, police and a doctor said, as Iraqi authorities struggle to contain a surge in violence.

The blasts — one at a cafe in the city of Baquba and the other on a street — also wounded 26 people.

The bombings came a day after attacks in Iraq, including a blast targeting Shiite worshippers, killed 13 people, while militants bombed a major oil pipeline.

Violence in Iraq has increased markedly this year, with analysts saying the upsurge is driven by anger among the Sunni Arab minority that the Shiite-led government has failed to address, despite months of protests.

Attacks have killed 3,438 people in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to figures compiled by AFP — an average of more than 15 per day.