6 Dead in 4th Day of Baghdad Bombings

Four days of escalating violence leaves dozens dead and wounded
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2008 6:53 AM CST
Awakening council members secure a check point at Azamiyah, a Sunni stronghold in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 as they came under the command of Iraqi Army.    (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – A series of bomb blasts across Baghdad killed six people and injured more than 20 others today, the fourth consecutive day of heightened violence in the Iraqi capital. The deadliest attack came near a checkpoint in central Baghdad, while another targeting a government convoy killed six city workers. A string of daily bombings since Monday has now killed more than 30 people, reports the AP.

The twin blasts in the capital's Sunni enclave of Sheik Omar happened at a checkpoint manned by members of an Awakening Council, the mostly Sunni groups that have joined forces with the Americans against al-Qaeda in Iraq. Insurgent attacks in Baghdad have dropped more than 90% in the Iraqi capital since the Sunni revolt, but this week has seen a substantial uptick in violence.