Car bombings in Iraq kill at least 51
BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of more than a dozen car bombings hit central and southern Iraq during morning rush hour today, officials said, killing at least 51 people in the latest coordinated attack by insurgents determined to undermine the government.
Police officers said a total of 12 parked car bombs hit markets and parking lots in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad within one hour. They say the deadliest were in the eastern Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, where two separate explosions killed nine civilians and wounded 33 others.
Ten other bombs around Baghdad, mostly in Shiite-dominated suburbs as well as the town of Mahmoudiya 20 miles to the south, killed 31 people.
Back-to-back explosions by two parked car bombs in an outdoor market and near a gathering of construction workers killed seven civilians and wounded 35 others in the city of Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad.