BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 29 people were killed and 41 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Friday, police said.
Unidentified gunmen attacked a pipeline transporting gas from Iran to Iraq near Neda ,some 50 km east of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, killing 15 Iranians and three Iraqis, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Five Iranians workers and two Iraqis were injured in the attack, the source added.
A car bomb exploded near a popular market in Madaien, some 30 km south of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 13 others, the souece said, adding that the blast also damaged sevral nearby shops and cars.
Earlier in the day, a suicide car bomber attacked a gathering of Iraqi army and police forces in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, killing five policemen and wounding four policemen and five soldiers, a local police source told Xinhua.
A car bomb went off near a fish market in the Nahrawan arear in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 12 others, the source added.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks, but the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, was responsible for such bombings in the country.
Friday’s attack came amid escalation of sectarian tension between the Sunni and Shiite communities, which has been at its highest level since the US troops pulled out from the country at the end of 2011.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, 8,109 Iraqis were killed in the country from January to November this year.