30 Dead in Fresh Wave of Iraq Violence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2009 8:33 PM CDT
Bystanders are seen through the broken windshield of a minibus damaged in a bombing in Baghdad, June 22, 2009. The bus was carrying high school students on their way to their final exams on Monday.   (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – Bombings and shootings killed more than 30 people across Iraq today, including high school students on their way to final exams, in a new round of violence ahead of next week's deadline for US troops to withdraw from urban areas. The attacks came two days after the year's deadliest strike, a truck bombing that killed at least 75 people near Kirkuk.

Monday's violence mainly struck Shiite neighborhoods in the Baghdad area, starting with a roadside bombing of a minibus carrying high school students from Sadr City to their final exams. At least three students were killed in the attack, which left the bus pockmarked with shrapnel and littered with blood-soaked notebooks and ID cards.