A wave of car bomb blasts tore through Shiite areas south of Baghdad on Monday,killing at least 36 and deepening fears that Iraq is rapidly spiraling back out of control.
Mondays deadliest attack struck the southern city of Amarah. Two parked cars loaded with explosives went off simultaneously near a gathering of construction workers and a market,killing 18 people and wounding 42,the police said.
The attack was followed by another parked car bombing near a restaurant in the city of Diwaniyah,killing nine people and wounding 23. Hours later,yet another car bomb went off in the Shiite holy city of Karbala,killing three civilians and wounding 14,police said.
And in the otherwise predominantly Sunni town of Mahmoudiya,a car bomb ripped through a Shiite neighborhood,killing six people and wounding 14,another police officer said.
Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Mondays blasts. But coordinated bombings in civilian areas are a favorite tactic for al-Qaeda in Iraq.