A series of massive car bombs across the Iraqi capital has left more than 100 people dead and nearly 200 injured.
Coming within minutes of each other in the city centre, the explosions were the first major attacks in Baghdad since October. Judicial buildings, a university, a police patrol in a southern suburb and a commercial centre were hit. The blasts are likely to undermine a fragile sense of security in Baghdad ahead of an auction of oilfield contracts this weekend. Rather than frequent attacks on soft targets such as markets and mosques, militants now appear to be aiming for headline-grabbing yet less frequent strikes against official targets, as happened in August and October.