A car bomb and several mortar attacks have killed at least 31 people in central Baghdad. Rescuers had to scramble through the rubble to try and save those caught up in the blasts. As many as 115 were reported injured in Karrada, a busy Shiite marketplace.
Although there have been bombings in Karrada before, the mostly Shi’ite area is one of the few relatively stable districts of the capital. The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior has warned the death toll could still rise.
Before the explosions, representatives from about 30 Iraqi ethnic groups were meeting in Cairo. The group“s proposed conference in August on ethnic tensions and conflicts in the country has been postponed indefinitely.