At least 20 people were killed by a series of car bombings in Baghdad on Monday, May 20. The eight blasts mainly targeted Shi’ite neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital.
In the southern city of Basra, two more car bombs left at least 14 people dead. Officials said dozens more had been injured by the blasts, which targeted a bus stop and a restaurant.
The bloodshed is linked to rising political and sectarian tension between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia communities.
May 17 was the bloodiest day of violence in Iraq for months; at least 60 people were killed by bombings in Sunni areas in and around Baghdad.