Iraq struck by deadly bomb blasts
On Wednesday, security officials said that at least seven blasts, including six car bombs, hit the capital from about 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT) onwards.
The attacks targeted Baghdad’s main commercial district of Karrada, the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Shaab, and Sadriyah, one of city’s oldest areas.
According to the officials, a bomb also hit Adhamiyah in north Baghdad.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but systematic bombings are a favorite tactic of al-Qaeda-linked groups, who seek to destabilize the country.
The attacks are the latest in a surge of violence, killing more than 5,600 people since the beginning of this year.
On Monday, four people were killed in shooting incidents in and around the city of Baquba, situated some 60 kilometers north of the capital.
On the same day, violence in the central city of Hilla, Baghdad, and the towns of Madain and Abu Ghraib, located near the capital, killed four people.
On October 23, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that Iraq is facing a “war of genocide.”
He blamed the al-Qaeda militant group for killing thousands of people in Iraq, saying that the group is “destroying the houses of citizens and killing them, and blowing up government departments.”
Data released by Iraq’s ministries of health, interior and defense on November 1 showed that violence in the Arab country killed 964 people and injured 1,600 others in October alone.