Security forces stand guard at the site of a recent car
bomb attack at a market in the town of Iskandariya, south
of Baghdad. REUTERS/ Alaa Al-Marjani
A wave of car bombs has exploded in mostly Shi'ite
districts across the Iraqi capital, killing more than 60
people, security and medical sources said.
There were a dozen blasts in total, the deadliest of which
occurred in the Bayaa neighbourhood, where a car bomb killed
23 people, many of them young people playing billiards.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for any of the
attacks, but the Shi'ite community is a target for Sunni
Islamist insurgents who have been regaining ground and
momentum in Iraq over the past year.
In the past three days, militants have overrun parts of two
cities. On Saturday, they occupied a university in the
western province of Anbar, taking hundreds of students and
Last year was Iraq's bloodiest since violence began to ease
from its climax in 2006-07. Nearly 800 people were killed in
May alone, according to the United Nations, the highest
monthly death toll this year so far.