[A woman inspects the site of a deadly car bomb attack that killed her sister, in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)]
BAGHDAD, (Xinhua, AP and Agencies): A series of car bomb explosions in Shi’a Muslim neighbourhoods in Iraqi capital of Baghdad killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens on Sunday, police said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but systematic attacks are a favourite tactic of al-Qa’ida’s local branch. It frequently targets civilians in markets, cafes and commercial streets in Shi’a areas, as well as members of the security forces.
The attacks started at about 9:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), when a car bomb went off at a popular market in Sabie al-Bour district, in the northern part of Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 12 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The deadliest killed six civilians and wounded 15 in the northern Shaab neighborhood. Other blasts hit the neighborhoods of Mashtal, Sab al-Bor, Hurriyah, Baladiyat and Ur.
The toll could rise as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the victims to different hospitals and medical centers in the city, he said.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq has said that almost 6,000 civilians were killed and over 14,000 others injured in Iraq from January to September this year.