23 killed, dozens wounded in Baghdad blasts


Bombs killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens in Baghdad today as Iraqis broke their fast for the holy month of Ramadan, police said.

Police said a car bomb followed by a roadside bomb in quick succession killed 10 people and wounded 22 in the busy Karrada shopping district of the centre of the capital. Earlier they reported two bombs killed 13 people in other districts.

US military officials say violence in Iraq is at four-year lows but that some militant groups have stepped up attacks for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Streets crowded with Iraqis shopping for food before they break their fast are a target for bombers.

Despite better security in the capital, militants have shown they are still capable of carrying out large-scale attacks.