BAGHDAD - Two bombs killed at least eight people and wounded 38 more in a busy market in Baghdad's Kadhimiya District on Saturday, police and hospital sources said, breaking weeks of relative calm.

The blasts hit the Iraqi capital ahead of next week's Islamic Eid al-Adha festival, a period when security officials believe al-Qaida's Iraqi affiliates and other Sunni Islamist insurgents may attempt a major attack.

The monthly death toll from militant attacks across Iraq doubled in September to 365, the highest figure for more than two years, with most of them killed in bomb attacks, according to government figures released this month.

The insurgents have launched one major assault a month since US troops withdrew in December.

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