Dec. 16 (UPI) --
A group of suicide bombers launched a vicious assault on a police station north of Baghdad, resulting in the death of eight police officers. In other attacks around the country, another 30 people were killed.
No group took claim to the attacks immediately, but al-Qaeda related militants have regularly tried to hit public areas to undermine the confidence in Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government.
Sectarian tension in Iraq is high as at least 262 people have died due to violence this month. More than 6,450 people have died from such attacks this year alone. Some of the violence is said to be spurred on by the fighting in Iraq's neighbor, Syria. The government has also been criticized for not doing enough to try and curb the violence.
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