Car bombs kill at least 25 people in Baghdad
14 January 2014, 08:23
Baghdad - Four car bombs killed at least 25 people in Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Monday, police said, in violence that coincided with a visit to the Iraqi capital by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Although no group claimed responsibility, the bombings appeared to be part of a relentless campaign by al-Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim militants to undermine Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.
The deadliest attack occurred in the mainly Shi'ite neighbourhood of Shaab in eastern Baghdad where a car bomb exploded in a commercial area, killing 11 people and wounding 28.
Police said 76 people had been wounded in the four attacks, which occurred in the evening when many people were out in the streets on a public holiday to mark the Prophet Mohammad's birthday.
Gunmen also attacked a checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing three policemen and wounding four, police said.
Last year was Iraq's bloodiest since 2008, with nearly 9 000 people killed, according to UN figures.