UK & World News
Baghdad Bombings: At Least 51 People Killed
At least 51 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of bombings and attacks in and around Baghdad.
More than a dozen explosions - most of them car bombs, but also at least two suicide attacks - went off in mostly Shiite areas of the Iraqi capital, as well as two mixed towns just to its south.
The attacks - during rush hour on Wednesday - also injured more than 140 people, officials said.
In one of the worst incidents, a car bomb killed seven people and wounded 23 in Jisr al Diyala in southeastern Baghdad, police and medics said.
In Kadhimiya, a district in northwestern Baghdad, two roadside bombs and one car bomb killed five people and wounded nearly 30, the sources said.
"We are poor people, and all of our things have been burned, and our home has fallen to the ground," said Marwa, an 18-year-old resident of Shaab, a north Baghdad neighbourhood where four people were killed.
"The politicians are fighting over positions and not looking after us,"
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni militants linked to al Qaeda frequently carry out such coordinated attacks targeting Shiite Muslims, whom they regard as apostates.
More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008.
The latest blasts come amid widely publicised security operations targeting militants in Baghdad and to the north and west.
But the government has faced criticism it is not dealing with the root causes of Iraq's worst violence since 2008.cording to the United Nations.
The rise in unrest since the beginning of the year, with more than 3,700 people killed in 2013, has sparked concerns the country is teetering on the edge of a return to the brutal all-out sectarian war that plagued it in 2006 and 2007.