Car bombs kill at least 39 people in Baghdad

Insurgents in Iraq unleashed a new wave of car bombs in Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

PTI| Updated: Oct 27, 2013, 14:37 PM IST

Baghdad: Insurgents in Iraq unleashed a new wave of car bombs in Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

It was the latest in a series of coordinated attacks targeting civilian areas that has killed hundreds in recent months.

Four police officers said the bombs, placed in parked cars and detonated over a half-hour, targeted commercial areas and parking lots.

The deadliest blasts were in the northern Shaab, southern Abu Dshir and southeastern Nahrwan neighbourhoods, each of which killed six people.

Other blasts hit the neighbourhoods of Mashtal, Baladiyat and Ur in eastern Baghdad and the northern Sab al-Bor and Hurriyah districts.

Six medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but such systematic attacks are a favourite tactic of al Qaeda`s local branch.

It frequently targets civilians in markets, cafes and commercial streets in Shiite areas in an attempt to undermine confidence in the government, as well as members of the security forces.