October 1, 2013 12:16:15 am
A wave of car bombs struck mainly Shia neighbourhoods of Baghdad Monday morning,killing at least 54 people and wounding dozens more,officials said,the latest in relentless violence roiling Iraq in recent months.
The countrys Interior Ministry blamed al-Qaeda-linked insurgents,saying they are exploiting the political infighting and security shortcomings to stage attacks.
The deadliest of the days bombings was in Sadr City district,where a parked car bomb tore through a small vegetable market and its parking lot,killing seven and wounding 16,a police officer said.
That was followed by a total of 10 parked car bombs,which went off in quick sequence in the Shia neighbourhoods. The 10 other explosions also struck at outdoor markets or parking lots,killing 44 and wounding 139,according to other police officers.
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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly wave.
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