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BAGHDAD — The entire village was gone. Local television broadcast scenes of homes reduced to heaps of rubble mixed with bed frames, mattresses, furniture and bloodstained pillows. A villager cried into the camera, “Look, Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Interior Minister, where is the security that you speak about?”

The latest wave of sectarian bombings struck northern Iraq and Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 50 people, wounding hundreds more and leveling the village, near Mosul.

Nearly 100 people in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul have been killed in attacks since Friday, raising grave concerns about the Iraqi government’s ability to maintain security.

The string of attacks, the most serious since June 30, when Iraqis officially took the lead on national security and American troops largely withdrew to their bases, also highlighted the underlying conflicts that continue to fuel violence. These include the rift between Arab and Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq and the continued disenfranchisement felt by many Sunni Arabs who remain unreconciled with the Shiite-led central government.

In the most devastating attack on Monday, a pair of large flatbed trucks packed with bombs exploded simultaneously shortly after dawn, destroying a village known as Khazna, about 10 miles east of Mosul, according to Munthir Saba, an official in Bartella, an adjacent town.

Most villagers were asleep at the time, many of them on their rooftops in the summer heat.

Hospital officials in Mosul said at least 28 people had been killed and 155 wounded, but Mr. Saba said the casualty figures could increase because rescue efforts were continuing. Qusay Abbas, a provincial council member, put the toll at 43 dead and 220 wounded. (more…)

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