Baghdad bombings leave 39 dead

Monday 09 December 2013 11.34
The bombs mainly targeted busy commercial streets in and around Baghdad
The bombs mainly targeted busy commercial streets in and around Baghdad

Car bombs have killed at least 39 people across Iraq and injured more than 120.

The bombs mainly targeted busy commercial streets in and around the capital.

The deadliest attack took place in the predominantly Shia Muslim district of Bayaa in Baghdad.

In Bayaa, a bomb in a parked vehicle exploded near car workshops, killing seven people and injuring 14.

An attack on another car workshop in the Sunni district of Taji, 20km north of Baghdad, killed three and injured ten after nightfall.

Violence in Iraq is at the highest level in at least five years.

The capital has been targeted almost daily. More than 8,000 have been killed this year, the United Nations says.

Sunni insurgents, mostly with links to al-Qaeda, have claimed that they carried out several large bombings.

The last large set of blasts was on 21 November north of the capital.

Since then, there has been a steady flow of smaller attacks, mainly targeting Shia communities but also some Sunnis.
              
At least 123 people were injured in today's attacks. 

In one, a car bomb exploded in a busy square in central Baghdad, killing at least five people and injuring 15.
              
In Radhwaniya, a predominantly Sunni area in the capital, a roadside bomb killed two people and injured eight.

There were other attacks in Baghdad's mainly Shia districts of Amel, Ghadir, Sadr City, Ameen and Hussainiya.

In Baquba, 65km northeast of Baghdad, a bomb in a parked car blew up inside a market killing two people and injured seven.

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