People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq's capital Saturday night, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country's restive Anbar province and take dozens hostage, authorities said.Now with U.S. troops gone, Iraq founds itself fighting on fronts across the country, as separate clashes in a northern city killed 21 police officers and 38 militants, officials said.Later on, seven car bombs in different parts of Baghdad killed at least 41 people and wounded 62, police said.Islamic extremists and other anti-government militias have held parts of Anbar's nearby provincial capital of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah since December amid rising tensions between Sunnis and the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.The gunmen detained dozens of students inside a university dorm during their attack, the officials said. Anbar University says it has more than 10,000 students, making it one of the country's largest.
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