Scores killed in Baghdad bombs

More than 70 people were killed in a wave of bombings in markets in Shi'ite areas across Baghdad on Monday in worsening sectarian violence in Iraq.

Death toll from Baghdad blasts rises to at least 70

The death toll from a wave of bombings across the Iraqi capital Baghdad has risen to at least 70.

The car bombs exploded in markets in mainly Shi'ite neighbourhoods across the city and are the latest in a surge of sectarian violence.

A car damaged in one of the blasts in Nasr Square, Iraq
A car damaged in one of the blasts in Nasr Square, Iraq Credit: APTN

At least 11 blasts tore into busy markets and shopping areas, including twin bombs just several hundred metres apart that killed at least 13 people in the Sadr City area.

The blast tore the bonnet off the front of this car in Nasr Square, Iraq Credit: APTN

While no group claimed Monday's blasts, Sunni Muslim Islamist insurgents and al-Qaeda's Iraqi wing have increased attacks since the beginning of the year and often target Shi'ite districts to try to trigger wider confrontation.

Baghdad residents inspect a piece of twisted metal close to one of the blasts
Baghdad residents inspect a piece of twisted metal close to one of the blasts Credit: APTN

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