At least 57 people have been killed after a series of explosions hit mainly Shi’ite areas in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. According to Iraq’s Health Ministry 179 people were also wounded in the blasts.
According to police and security officials, two roadside devices blew up in the south-western Amil district and a car bomb struck Doura in the south.
More bombs ripped into the central Alawi district and areas to the north.
They are the first apparently coordinated attacks on Iraq’s capital since a crisis erupted between its Shi’ite led government and Sunni rivals, after the withdrawal of the last US troops.
Scores dead in new Baghdad blasts