More than 60 dead as Iraqis mark end to lethal Ramadan
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Car bombs ripped through Baghdad cafes and markets while blasts and shootings struck elsewhere on Saturday, killing 61 people as Iraq marked the end of its deadliest Ramadan holy month in years.
The attacks were the latest in spiralling violence which authorities have failed to stem, with the worst bloodshed in five years raising worries of a return to the all-out Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict that killed tens of thousands in past years.
The latest violence comes just weeks after brazen assaults, claimed by an Al-Qaeda front group, on prisons near Baghdad that freed hundreds of militants and which analysts warn could boost armed groups.
The violence followed major security operations against militants that officials hailed as having resulted in the killing and capture of many.