Bomb attacks across Iraq kill at least 31, injure dozens: Officials
BAGHDAD (AP) - A string of bombings in mostly Shi'ite-majority cities across Iraq on Sunday killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens, officials said, a grim reminder of the government's failure to stem the uptick in violence that is feeding sectarian tensions in the country.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attacks, but car bombs are frequently used by Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch.
The Sunni militant group and other Sunni extremists often targets Shi'ite civilians in an effort to undermine the Shi'ite-led government. Al-Qaeda's extremist ideology considers Shi'ites heretics.
The deadliest of Sunday's attacks, which targeted mainly commercial areas and bus stations, was in the southern city of Hillah, 95km south of Baghdad. Back-to-back car bombings hit an outdoor market there, killing eight people and wounding 22, a police officer said.