More than 130 people have been killed in Baghdad after a string of suicide bomb attacks.
In the first and most serious incident, a bomber blew up his minibus in the Iraqi capital after luring a crowd of men to the vehicle with promises of work. At least 114 people have been killed and more than 155 others injured. Witnesses said the blast tore through a group of labourers in the mainly Shia area of Kadhimiya as they gathered to look for work this morning. Elsewhere in Baghdad, three more car bombs exploded – one outside the offices of a Shi’ite cleric. At least 19 people were killed and dozens more wounded. Three Iraqi soldiers were among the injured. One attack in northern Baghdad killed 11 people who had lined up to refill their gas canisters. The bloodshed followed late-night execution-style murders in the town of Taji, north of the Iraqi capital. There gunmen reportedly dressed as soldiers dragged 17 people from their homes and shot them. They had apparently been handcuffed and blindfolded.