Iraqi security personnel stand guard at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr city, yesterday.
BAGHDAD: A wave of bombings mostly targeting Shia areas in and around Baghdad killed at least 35 people yesterday as surging violence spurs concerns Iraq is falling back into all-out conflict.
The blasts, including seven car bombs, are the latest in a months-long rise in bloodshed that has forced the authorities to appeal for international help just months before the country’s first elections in four years.
Officials have pointed the finger at Al Qaeda-linked militants emboldened by the civil war in neighbouring Syria, but analysts and diplomats say the government has not done enough to address underlying domestic problems fuelling the violence.
At least 13 bombs exploded from around mid-day (0900 GMT) across Baghdad province, targeting mostly Shia areas.
They killed at least 35 people and wounded more than 110 overall, according to security and medical officials.
The deadliest of the violence hit Al Amil and Bayaa neighbourhoods in south Baghdad, with separate bombings killing five people in each area.
Interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan gave a far lower toll for the Baghdad violence, saying three people were killed and 10 wounded.
Officially released death tolls are consistently far lower than those from other sources, and the interior ministry has sharply criticised media organisations for reporting figures higher than those it gives.