July 29, 2013
A wave of car bombs exploded mainly in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities on Monday, killing at least 37 people and wounding 187, police said.
Up to 11 car bombs ripped through Baghdad during the morning rush hours in the most of predominantly Shiite districts of Sadr city, killing at least 22 people and wounding 126 others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, two car bombs and a roadside bomb struck a crowded parking lot in the city of Kut, some 170 km southeast of Baghdad, killing up to six people and wounding some 40, a local police source told Xinhua.
Two more car bombs exploded the city of Simawa, some 270 km south of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 11, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.
In the southern oil hub of Basra, a car bomb went off in northern the city, some 550 km south of Baghdad, killing at least one people and wounding ten others, a local police source said.
In Iraq’s Salahudin province, a roadside bomb exploded near the convoy of Lieutenant Colonel Hammad al-Dulaimi, a provincial police commando chief, near the city of Baiji, some 220 km north of Baghdad, destroying the car and killing the police chief, his aide and two bodyguards aboard, a provincial police source told Xinhua.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, was responsible for such violent attacks in the country.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in five years, raising fears that the latest bloodshed is bringing the country back to a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when the monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.