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Dozens die in fresh Iraq violence
Bodies at a hospital in Baquba
Levels of violence have risen since the curfew was lifted
At least 30 people have died in renewed violence across Iraq following the lifting of a curfew imposed for the sentencing of Saddam Hussein.

The attacks included two car bombs set off in busy markets, which killed at least 10 people as they shopped.

The latest deaths follow a suicide bomb attack at a cafe in Baghdad on Tuesday, which killed at least 17.

In one of the worst incidents, at least six people died in a market in the town of Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad.

At least 25 were injured when a car bomb exploded at the popular market.

Mortar attacks

To the north-east of the capital, Baghdad, in Muqdaduya, a second car bomb killed at least four and wounded six when it exploded in a second market attack, police said.

A series of mortar attacks killed at least five people in Baghdad - in the north-western district of Kadhimiya, the northern area of al-Qahira and the city's central al-Amin square, Reuters reports.

In other violence:

  • At least four people died in the provincial capital of Baquba during a series of shootings carried out by unknown gunmen, AFP reports
  • In Baghdad, at least three were killed by a car bomb in the city's al-Amil neighbourhood
  • a US marine died in the western Anbar province, the US military says

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Sunday, after being found guilty over the killing of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail following an assassination attempt on him in 1982.

He appeared in court again on Tuesday to continue his trial on a different set of charges which also carry the death penalty.

The former president is being tried with six others for his role in a military campaign against ethnic Kurds in the late 1980s.

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