KIRKUK, Iraq - Several bomb blasts killed at least 12 people in Iraq on Tuesday, police said, a day after more than 70 died in attacks on majority Shi'ites, stoking fears of all-out sectarian war with minority Sunnis.
More than 200 people have been killed in the past week as Sunni-Shi'ite tensions, fueled by the civil war in neighboring Syria, threaten to plunge Iraq back into communal bloodletting.
In Tuesday's violence, three roadside bombs exploded near a livestock market in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, killing six people and shredding the bodies of humans and animals alike.
Mahmoud Jumaa, whose cousin was killed in the multiple bombings, appeared bewildered by their random nature.
"I heard the explosions, but never thought this place would be targeted since these animals have nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with sect, nothing to do with ethnicity or religion," he said.