At least 75 people were killed in attacks across Iraq yesterday, and sectarian tensions threatened to worsen as a court imposed the death penalty on a fugitive former Vice-President.
As Iraqis were reeling from the bombings, blasts and shootings at 11 locations including Kirkuk, pictured, the court found Tareq al-Hashemi guilty of running death squads that targeted security forces and Shias. He fled the country earlier this year.
Iraq's conflict has eased since its height in 2006-07 when sectarian slaughter killed thousands. But Sunni Islamists and an al-Qa'ida affiliate still launch about one major attack a month in an effort to reignite tensions between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
In the most serious of yesterday's attacks, two car bombs exploded outside a Shia shrine in Amara, 185 miles south of Baghdad, killing at least 16 people. In Dujail, 30 miles north of Baghdad, gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a military base, killing 11 soldiers.Reuse content