At least 37 people have been killed in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad – as ten car bombs exploded in predominantly Shi’ite Muslim areas, in apparently coordinated attacks.
A blast outside a court building in the northern Al-Shaab district set on fire more than 15 cars, killing seven civilians and wounding many more.
One Al-Shaab resident asked: “Why does all this happen to us? And where do the perpetrators come from? They can’t be human beings who commit such acts.”
In Baghdad’s eastern neighbourhood of Mashtal, where a car bomb exploded in a parking lot, an eyewitness said: “Several people were killed or wounded. What crime have innocent people committed?”
Elsewhere, a car bomb targeted soldiers queuing up to collect their pay outside a government bank in the northern city of Mosul. Twelve people were killed.
No-one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
The increasing violence in Iraq has been partly attributed to growing anger among the country’s Sunni Muslim minority – many of whom feel marginalised by the Shi’ite-led government that came to power after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.