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Baghdad Car Bombings 'Kill At Least 42'
A wave of car bombings in Baghdad has killed at least 42 people and injured 75, according to police and medical officials.
Police said the parked car bombs - in Shia neighbourhoods - hit outdoor markets and car parks.
The deadliest bombing was in the Sadr City neighbourhood where at least seven died, including two soldiers.
That attack was followed by four more bombs, which went off in quick succession in New Baghdad, Habibiya, Sabaa al-Bour and Kazimiyah.
Iraqi security forces sealed off the sites of the attacks as firefighters struggled to extinguish the blazes that broke out. The twisted wreckage of vehicles and other debris littered the streets.
It is not yet clear who carried out the bombings, but hardline Sunni militants who view Shia Muslims as non-believers have been stepping up their insurgency across the country in recent months.
"Our war with terrorism goes on," interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said.
"Part of the problem is the political infighting and regional conflicts ... There are shortcomings and we need to develop our capabilities mainly in the intelligence-gathering efforts."
The attacks follow another day of violence in Iraq on Sunday.
At least 40 people died in a suicide bombing at a Shia funeral in Mussayab, 40 miles south of Baghdad. The attack caused the mosque's roof to collapse.
Two more suicide bombings in Irbil - in the relatively peaceful northern Kurdish region - also killed six people.
Al Qaeda is believed to be trying to build on the Sunni minority's discontent toward what they consider to be second-class treatment by Iraq's Shia-led government.
The United Nations mission in Iraq said 716 civilians and 88 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed in acts of violence in August.
Almost 5,000 civilians have been killed since the start of 2013, according to UN figures given at the start of September.