A new wave of militant attacks, mostly car bombs targeting Shia-dominated cities in central and southern Iraq, killed at least 53 people on Sunday, officials said. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which targeted commercial areas and parking lots in seven cities. But systematically organised waves of bombings are used by al-Qaeda’s local branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, to undermine confidence in the Shia-led government.
The deadliest was in the city of Hillah, 95 km south of Baghdad, where a car bomb killed nine civilians and wounded 15 others, a police officer said. — AP