Baghdad: At least 11 explosions tore through predominantly Shiite areas in and around the Iraqi capital today, killing at least 39 people at crowded market places, commercial districts and car repair shops, officials said.
The attacks are part of a wave of violence in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in April.
Since then, the bloodshed has reached heights unseen since Iraq teetered on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for today's attacks, but insurgent groups frequently target civilians in cafes and public areas of Shiite neighbourhoods in an attempt to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government and stir up Iraq's already simmering sectarian tensions.
The deadliest attack took place in the mostly Shiite neighbourhood of Baiyaa, where a car bomb exploded inside an auto shop, killing seven people and wounding 14 others.
Another car bomb in a commercial street in downtown Baghdad killed four more people, while in the eastern Ghadeer district another car bomb near a government tax office killed six people and wounded 22, authorities said.
In the Husseiniyah neighbourhood, a car bombing near a restaurant killed three people and wounded 13.
Another car bomb near a small market in Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City killed two, while a blast in a crowded marketplace in the primarily Shiite neighbourhood of Amil killed five more.
And in the Shiite district of al-Ameen, a car bomb in a commercial street killed two and wounding five.
Another bomber struck the Sunni neighbourhood of Radhwaniya, hitting a row of shops and killing two people and wounding eight, police said.