" Violence and sectarian tensions have been running high between the Sunni and Shia communities since late December 2012, when the Sunni Muslims started their protests against the Shia-led government in six of Iraq's predominantly Sunni provinces and the Sunni districts in Baghdad."
Baghdad, Aug 24 - At least three people were killed and 15 others injured in a car bomb explosion in Iraq's capital Sunday, a source said.

The attack occurred in the afternoon when a booby-trapped car exploded near a popular restaurant in a Shia-dominated Shula district in Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a source as saying.

The attack came two days after a deadly attack, said to be carried out by Shia militiamen on a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers in Iraq's Diyala province, left dozens dead.

Violence and sectarian tensions have been running high between the Sunni and Shia communities since late December 2012, when the Sunni Muslims started their protests against the Shia-led government in six of Iraq's predominantly Sunni provinces and the Sunni districts in Baghdad.

The security situation in Iraq began to drastically deteriorate since June 10 when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and hundreds of militants of Islamic State Sunni extremist group.


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