At least 107 people are dead after a series of attacks in 14 cities across Iraq mostly targeting Muslim Shi’ite areas.
Authorities say around 270 people have been injured in the shootings and bombings on one of the deadliest days in recent years.
Though many police officers and soldiers are said to be among the victims, some people are blaming a lapse in security, like Taji resident Salah Mikhlif who said: “I was asking ‘where are the authorities? where are the police?’ About 15 houses were destroyed.”
Twenty-two separate locations were hit, including Kirkuk and Mosul.
The death toll is highest in the Shi’ite town of Taji in the north.
Baghdad’s Shi’ite neighbourhood of Sadr City was
Some are speculating this is an attempt to stir up sectarian violence by Sunni Muslims linked to al-Qaeda, who are opposed to Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government.
Although no one has claimed responsibility, militant group al-Qaeda in Iraq announced on Sunday their intention to intensify their violent campaign.
At least 17 people were killed in bombings south of Baghdad on Sunday.
This latest wave of violence comes as Muslims observe the Islamic holy period of Ramadan, which began three days ago.