A bomb exploded on a busy street filled with shoppers in Iraq, part of a series of attacks that killed at least 19 people Friday, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence roiling the country.

The explosion struck a commercial street in Mosul, killing 12 people and wounding 30, police said.

“I went outside my shop to see pieces of flesh scattered all around the place with wounded people screaming for help,” Mahmoud said. “The scene was horrific.”

Earlier on Friday, a bomb exploded just after Friday prayers as Sunni worshippers left the Ali Bin Abi Talib mosque in Baghdad’s western Shurta district.

A second bomb, planted further down the street, exploded seconds later as worshippers tried to flee from the first blast, officials said. — AP