Baghdad: Bombs in two parked cars exploded in a mainly Shi'ite area of Iraq's capital on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 75, police and hospital sources said.
The first blast occurred near a group of laborers gathered to wait for jobs and the second near a traffic intersection, both in the northeastern Sadr City area of Baghdad.
Iraq has been hit by a number of bombings targeting Shi'ites after a political crisis that has threatened to break up its fragile coalition government and raised fears of renewed sectarian violence after U.S. troops pulled out in mid-December.
Violence in Iraq has dropped sharply from the height of sectarian killing in 2006-2007, but insurgents and militias still carry out daily attacks and assassinations in an attempt to undermine the government.
First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 13:57