Nearly 60 people have been killed and more than two hundred others injured in a series of coordinated bombings across Baghdad.
At least ten explosions ripped through mainly Shi’ite areas of the Iraqi capital.
The devices, thought to have been planted in cars or along the roadside, were designed to cause the maximum amount of chaos.
One of the biggest blasts appeared to target restaurants and cafes in the Shi’ite slum of Sadr City.
It comes two days after suspected al Qaeda militants caused a bloodbath when they took hostages in a Catholic church.
Iraq remains in political limbo almost eight months after an inconclusive vote, raising fears that insurgents might exploit tension to try and reignite sectarian war.