At least 60 people have been killed in three car bomb attacks in mainly Shi’ite neighbourhoods in Baghdad. More than 120 people have been injured. The blasts occurred just days after the start of a joint US-Iraqi operation against insurgents in the capital.
Operation Imposing Law had been branded a “brilliant success” by the Iraqi prime minister. Violence had dropped but US generals had warned the downturn might be temporary as militants decided their next move. In a separate attack, an unidentified sniper killed three passers-by in one of Baghdad’s main roads on Sunday morning. Some 17,000 people are estimated to have died in interfactional violence in Baghdad in 2006.