Bombing wave hits Baghdad, killing at least 26
A string of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens more, police and medical sources said on Wednesday.
The attacks are believed to have targeted mainly Shia neighbourhoods, according to BBC reports.
Several bombs went off in the northern suburb of Kadhimiya, where five people were killed and many others wounded, Reuters reports.
With sectarian tensions running high between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Iraq, the country has seen its worst spate of violence since 2008.
Iraq's Sunni population believe they are being marginalised by Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and his Shia-led government. Despite Maliki launching an anti-insurgent campaign, violence across Iraq is still on the rise.
At least 4,137 civilians have been killed and 9,865 injured so far this year, with Baghdad province worst hit, BBC reported.
Casualty figures released by the UN show 1,057 Iraqis - most of them civilians - were killed in July, making it the deadliest month in the country for years, according to the BBC.