Serial Car Bomb Blasts Kill Over 50 In Iraq

Multiple car bomb attacks targeting the Shia Muslim community in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday killed more than 50 people and wounded many more, reports quoting police and medics said.

A dozen bombings took place during busy morning hours in New Baghdad, Sadr, Sabaa al-Bour, Habibiya, Ur, Shaab, Shula, Jamiaa, Kadhimiya and Ghazaliah.

Co-ordinated attacks targeted markets, parking lots and streets, and most of the victims were groups of laborers gathering ahead of the working day.

The first and the deadliest of Monday's attacks was reported from the eastern Sadr City, where seven people were killed and several others injured in a small but crowded vegetable market.

No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks, but the al-Qaeda linked Sunni Islamist militants, who have been behind most of the massive terror attacks in the country, are suspected.

Iraq has been witnessing frequent bombings and gun attacks for the past several months, and the latest in the deadly series comes a day after 46 people were killed in nation-wide attacks.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has already admitted that sectarian conflict has returned to the war-torn country.

Violence is at its highest since 2008 in Iraq, where according to data compiled by Iraq Body Count, September casualties so far reached 1200, and the total death toll this year crossed 6,000.

Major imbalances exist between Kurd, Majority Shia and minority Sunni Muslims in a coalition government led by Maliki, who is a Shia. Pro-Sunni militants take advantage of the Sunnis' feeling that they are being marginalized in power-sharing.

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