BAGHDAD: Multiple car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out shopping in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 100 in mainly Shiite areas.
The explosions struck at the start of the local work week and primarily targeted outdoor markets.
The detonation of a parked car loaded with explosives in the sprawling Shiite district of Sadr City heralded the start of the bloody attacks on Sunday morning.
Two more parked cars later exploded elsewhere in the neighbourhood.Simultaneous explosions hit the southeastern Baghdad neighbourhood of Al Amin, where the force of the blasts left behind little except the mangled chassis of two cars that delivered their payloads.
The blast was the third major attack in weeks in or near the multiethnic city of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, at the heart of a dispute between Iraq’s central government and the autonomous Kurdistan region.
Baghdad - At least 23 people were killed and 49 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up among members of a local Awakening Council in Taji, Iraq, on Monday.
Dozens of members of the council had lined up outside an office to receive monthly paychecks when the attacker detonated an explosive vest in the crowd. Most of those killed or wounded were members of the council, or al-Sahwa.
Taji is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident in a western Baghdad neighborhood, a police officer was killed and three were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol.
Two Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of the Kabul traffic police headquarters early Monday before another group of militants stormed the compound, battling security forces for nine hours in an attack that left three policemen and all five attackers dead, authorities said.
The coordinated assault was the second brazen raid in the heart of the Afghan capital in less than a week, a sign that the insurgency is determined to keep carrying out such spectacular attacks even as the U.S. and Afghan governments try to coax the Taliban into holding peace talks.
Nine hours after Monday’s insurgent attack began with two of the five attackers blowing themselves up, police commandos killed the last two insurgents holed up in the police headquarters, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said. He added that four traffic policemen and 10 civilians were also been wounded in the fighting.