Baghdad Cafe Bombing Kills at Least 38

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -

A suicide bomber driving a minibus blew himself up outside a cafe in a mainly Shi’ite Muslim district of the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, police and medics said.

At least 12 people were killed in a spate of suicide bomb attacks on security personnel and government buildings earlier in the day, police said.

Violence in Iraq, which had eased after reaching a climax in 2006-07, is now rising again, with more than 7,000 civilians killed this year, according to monitoring group Iraq Body Count.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but Shi’ites are viewed as apostates by Sunni Islamist terrorists whose insurgency has revived this year.