Baghdad: Iraqi officials say a series of bombings targeting soccer fans has struck cafes in and around Baghdad, killing 16 and wounding dozens.
The attacks struck in quick succession late Thursday night while the cafes were filled with patrons watching a soccer match.
Police say five people were killed in Baghdad`s largely Sunni neighbourhood of Azamiyah, and another three were killed in Shi`ite-dominated Umm al-Maalif, in the southwestern suburbs of the capital.
Another blast struck the Shi`ite town of Jbala, about 50 kilometres south of Baghdad, killing eight. Hospital officials confirmed the casualty toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren`t authorised to release the information to journalists.