Three bomb blasts over the weekend have rocked Baghdads Shiite neighborhoods. A rise in sectarian violence is feared in the region. On Saturday (August 15), two bombs exploded within minutes of each other in the northern part of Baghdad. Six civilians were wounded. Another blast on Sunday (August 16) injured two more people in Baghdads central Karrada district. That bomb was hidden beneath a parked car near traffic police and injured a traffic policeman and a civilian. The explosions occurred in the Shiite district of Al-Qahira and damaged nearby buildings. A local resident comments on the Saturday blasts. [Sabah, Shop Owner]: "The first blast took place here last night at around eight o'clock and was followed by a second bomb, which went off five minutes later near the generator. The blasts caused damage and wounded at least six people." In the worst attack last Monday (August 10), two truck bombs exploded in the mostly Shi'ite village of al-Khazna, east of the restive northern city of Mosul, killing 30 people and wounding 155. The recent spate of bombings in Shiite areas of Iraq is escalating fears of a resurgence in sectarian violence after an 18-month abatement.
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