Two bombs have been detonated in a busy marketplace in Iraq. Several people were killed and dozens injured in the attacks in the normally quiet southern city of Kut.
Many of the casualties are thought to be women and children.
The attack came only hours after suspected al-Qaeda militants killed five Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint in western Bagdad, planting the militant group’s banner before fleeing the scene.
Violence in Iraq has fallen in the last three years, but bombings are still a daily occurrence.
Insurgents are thought to be exploiting a political vaccuum in the countrynearly five months after its inconclusive general election.
Tuesday’s attacks come two days after US President Barack Obama pledged to uphold his promise to end combat operations in Iraq by the end of August.
This despite the political deadlock and recent upsurge in militant violence.