23 February 2012 Iraq attacks The 23 February 2012 Iraq attacks
were the fifth simultaneous wave of bombings to hit Iraq during the insurgency
and the first such major assault since the US withdrawal
at the end of 2011. At least 83 people were killed and more than 250 wounded in highly coordinated attacks spread out in least 15 cities - including at least 10 explosions in the capital Baghdad
that left 32 people dead. A number of shootings also took place, mostly aimed at police patrols and security installations around the city. The majority of the blasts appeared to specifically target Shiite
Outside Baghdad attacks were spread out, including at least three car bombs around Tikrit
that killed 12 and injured more than 50. Unidentified gunmen broke into a governing council building in Salman Baik east of Tikrit, shooting dead the leader of the administration and two policemen. Car bombs exploded near a school and two police stations in Hilla
, killing at least 3 and leaving scores injured. Similar attacks took place in Baqubah
The umbrella group Islamic State of Iraq
claimed responsibility for the bombings two days later and promised further bloodshed as it targets Shiites across Iraq. The country was set to host the postponed Arab League Summit
on March 29 in the midst of a surge of violence and a rise in civilian and security casualties since the withdrawal of US forces.
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