Wave of bombings kill at least 58 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) - A coordinated wave of bombings tore through Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital early on Wednesday, killing at least 58 and wounding dozens, officials said.
The blasts, which came in quick succession, targeted residents out shopping and on their way to work.
The attacks are the latest in a relentless wave of killing that has left thousands dead since April, marking the country's worst spate of bloodshed since 2008. They raise fears that Iraq is hurtling back toward the brink of a civil war fueled by ethnic and sectarian differences.
Insurgents deployed explosives-laden cars, bombs and suicide bombers Wednesday and targeted parking lots, outdoor markets and restaurants in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, according to officials.