Baghdad markets rocked by blasts

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IOL pic feb5 baghdad car bomb Reuters People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in the Abu Dsheer district in southern Baghdad, on February 4, 2014. Four car bombs targeting Shi'a areas killed 14 people on Tuesday, while three blasts in the Green Zone killed nine others on Wednesday, according to police. Picture: Ahmed Saad

Baghdad - Six car bombs ripped through Baghdad, mostly targeting Shi’a neighbourhoods, and killing at least five people on Thursday, security and medical officials said.

The blasts occurred within an hour of each other from around midday (09h00 GMT) onwards in various parts of the Iraqi capital, leaving dozens more wounded.

Four of the neighbourhoods hit are populated mostly by Iraq's Shi’a majority, while the other two were in the commercial Karrada district of central Baghdad. Three of the blasts targeted market areas.

The bombings come a day after a spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital left 33 people dead, including 25 who were killed in a series of bombings near the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which is home to parliament, the prime minister's office and the US and British embassies.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Sunni militant groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a powerful jihadist outfit, have in the past taken credit for bombing campaigns in the capital targeting Shi’as. - AFP



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