Insurgents unleashed deadly attacks today against Shiite areas in Baghdad,killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens,highlighting increasing sectarian tensions in Iraq a decade after the war began.
The morning attacks,mostly by car bombs,targeted mainly small restaurants,daily laborers and bus stops in the Iraqi capital within a one-hour period. There was no immediate claim of responsibility,but the attacks bore hallmarks of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The deadly wave came as the country marks a decade since the US-led invasion,which began on March 20,2003. Violence has ebbed but insurgent attacks are still frequent across Iraq.
Police officials said the first attack took place near a small restaurant in Baghdad’s Mashtal neighbourhood,killing four people and wounding 15. Minutes later,2 daily labourers were killed and 8 were wounded when a roadside bomb hit the place where they gather every day in an area of New Baghdad.
In the neighbourhood of Sadr City,a sticky bomb attached to the underside of a minibus killed three commuters and wounded seven people. Another car bomb exploded in a commercial street in the same Shiite area,killing two people and wounding 11.
In the northeastern suburbs of Baghdad,four people were killed and eleven others wounded after a car bomb went off near a small restaurant in Hussainiyah neighbourhood.
In Zafarniyah,two car bombs exploded near a police station,killing five people,including a policeman and wounding 27,said police. In northern Baghdad,a car bomb went off near a bus stop,killing three people and wounding 13.
In downtown Baghdad,a car bomb exploded near a restaurant not far away from the well-protected green zone,killing six people,including two soldiers and wounding more than 15. In Shulla,a car bomb exploded near an outdoor market,killing five people and wounding 21.