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34 killed, 155 wounded in series of car bombings in Iraq's capital

Up to 34 people were killed and 155 others wounded in at least 10 car bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, an interior ministry source said.

A car bomb and a roadside bomb ripped through Um al-Maalif area in southern Baghdad, killing up to six people and wounding 34 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Another car bomb went off in Kadhmiyah district in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others, the source said.

In central Baghdad, a third car bomb exploded at a popular marketplace near Shorja commercial area, leaving five people killed and 31 others wounded, the source added.

Meanwhile, a car bomb went off at a thoroughfare in Baiyaa district in the southern part of the capital, killing two people and wounding nine others, he said.

Five civilians were killed and 27 others wounded when two car bombs were detonated in Habibiyah area within the Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, the source added.

The six car bomb attacks followed two bombings in the afternoon in the capital. The source said that a car bomb went off in Saadoun Street in downtown Baghdad, killing up to six people and wounding some 14.

He also said another car bomb went off near al-Samarrai mosque in New Baghdad district in the southern part of the capital, killing a civilian and wounding nine.

Also on Monday, a car bomb went off in Huriya district in northeastern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 14 others, while another car bomb near a market in Geser Deyla area in southern Baghdad killed four people and wounded nine others, the source said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks, but the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, are responsible for massive attacks in the country.

[Source: Xinhua, Baghdad, 27May13]

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