Dozens killed in wave of car bombings in Baghdad

September 3, 2013 | By | Reply More

Sep 03, – Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of bombings across Baghdad. The attacks hit predominantly Shiiite areas of the city, highlighting the sectarian struggle that continues to plague Iraq.

hromedia Dozens killed in wave of car bombings in Baghdad arab uprising2At least 33 people were killed and more than 80 wounded during at least eight explosions in Baghdad Tuesday, police and medics said. The blasts occurred minutes apart at around 6:00 p.m. (1500 GMT).

The deadliest attack occurred in the northern Talbiya neighborhood when a car bomb detonated in a busy street, killing nine people. Another explosion hit the nearby neighborhood of Sadr City, killing three and wounding eight, police said.

Two car bombs also went off almost simultaneously in the western neighborhood of Sadiyah, a mostly-Sunni area, killing six people and wounding fifteen.

A separate bomb exploded in the commercial district of Karradah, leaving six people dead and 14 wounded. Deadly attacks also occurred in the neighborhoods of Shurta, Zarafaniyah, and Abu Dashir.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite militants has been on the rise in the country. The recent bloodshed has raised fears Iraq could return to the 2006-2007 sectarian war that killed tens of thousands of people.

South of the capital, a car bomb at a restaurant in the town of Jbala killed two people and wounded seven others Tuesday. Gunmen also shot two people in Baghdad’s southern Dora neighborhood.

Earlier on Tuesday, gunmen attacked the home of a Sunni Arab militiaman, killing him, his wife and three children. A day earlier, 12 people were killed in attacks against the Sunni militia.

More than 4,000 people have been killed over the past five months in Iraq, including 800 in August, according to United Nations figures.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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