Wave of bombs across Baghdad kill 19

Dozens wounded as six bombs explode in busy markets and streets

A man walks past the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City earlier this week. Nineteen people were killed in another attack today. Photograph: Reuters

A man walks past the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City earlier this week. Nineteen people were killed in another attack today. Photograph: Reuters

Wed, Nov 20, 2013, 09:14

Six bombs exploded in busy markets and streets across Baghdad today, killing 19 people and wounding 66, police and medical sources said.

The explosions, which took place around the same time, were the latest in a series of blasts and assaults - the worst wave of violence to hit Iraq in at least five years.

Iraq’s Shia-led government has blamed Sunni Muslim insurgents linked to al-Qaeda for increased bomb attacks in Iraq, which have mainly targeted Shia civilians.

In one of the worst attacks today, a roadside bomb near a crowded market in the mainly Shia neighbourhood of Sadriya killed four and wounded 14.

Hundreds of Iraqis have been killed each month in similar attacks since the start of the year. The growing violence has raised fears of a return to the heights of bloodshed seen in 2006-7, when tens of thousands died.

Agencies