Five car bombs explode in central and southern Iraq

At least 26 people were killed and dozens wounded in predominately Shiite areas after five car bombs exploded in central and southern Iraq today.

One of the bombs exploded near a restaurant in the city of Diwaniyah, killing eight civilians and wounding 25 others.

The scene in Diwaniyah after a car bomb exploded killing eight people. Credit: APTN

Two parked car bombs also went off simultaneously Monday morning in the city of Amarah killing 13 civilians and wounding 42, according to police.

Five other people were killed in attacks in the Shiite city of Karbala and a neighbourhood in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad.

People gather in Amarah after two car bombs exploded Credit: Reuters