At least 23 dead in Baghdad market blasts
Iraq has been plagued by sectarian violence in 2013, with over 1,000 people dying in July alone. Here, Iraqis inspect the site the day after a bombing attack near a funeral tent that killed at least 56 in the Sadr City district of Baghdad on September 22, 2103. (AFP)
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A number of bombs left inside popular markets in mainly Sunni Muslim districts of Baghdad killed at least 23 people on Thursday, Iraqi security sources said Thursday.
The deadliest attack took place in the northern outskirts of the city, in Saba'a Al Bour, where three bombs took the lives of at least 15 people, according to Iraqi sources who spoke to Reuters.
Another bomb hidden behind a kiosk killed seven inside the Al Athorein market in the city's Dora neighbourhood as Baghdadis went about their morning shopping, according to the Associated Press.
Two women were amongst those killed in Al Athorein, AP reported.
Sectarian violence is at an all time high in Iraq, with over 4,000 people being killed by violent attacks in the past few months alone, according to an AP tally. In order to inflict major casualties, insurgents in Iraq often target popular and busy hotspots, such as markets, cafes and mosques.
According to the United Nations, nearly 1,060 Iraqis, including at least 920 civilians, were killed and more than 2,320 others were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July - the deadliest month the country has witnessed since 2008.
Thursday's blasts come one day after an estimated 40 were killed in acts of sectarian violence.