Car bombs in Baghdad are reported to have killed over twenty people. The first went off at flea market in the Iraqi capital. The other exploded in a busy commercial street, causing most of the casualties. It is estimated around 40 people have been injured.
The attacks mark a continuation of one of the worst weeks of bloodletting since the end of the US-led war. It is thought about 400 people have died in sectarian violence since the bombing of a Shi’ite shrine seven days ago. On Tuesday blasts claimed some 60 lives in Baghdad. Meanwhile the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and seven aides have appeared in court for a second consecutive day of hearings.