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Jun 18, 2013 7:45 AM by Associated Press

Suicide attacks kill 24 people in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi authorities say the casualty toll from a double-suicide bombing attack in and around a Shiite mosque in Baghdad has risen to 24 killed and 52 wounded.

Tuesday's coordinated blasts were the latest in a string of attacks hitting Iraq, reviving fears the country is headed back toward the widespread sectarian bloodshed that pushed it to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

Police and hospital officials provided the casualty numbers for the blasts, which happened near and inside the mosque in Baghdad's northern Qahira neighborhood.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

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