Security and hospital officials say at least 56 people have been killed and several others injured in the latest wave of car bomb attacks across Iraq.
Four police officers, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the coordinated bombings in the capital Baghdad took place over half an hour on Sunday, and killed 42 people.
The bomb attacks targeted commercial areas as well as parking lots.
The deadliest explosion happened in Baghdad’s southeastern neighborhood of Nahrwan, where two explosives-laden cars went off simultaneously, killing seven people and wounding 15 others.
A car bomb blast hit the northern neighborhood of Shaab, killing six people. Another explosion ripped through Abu Dshir district in southern Baghdad, leaving six people dead.
Other blasts ripped through the neighborhoods of Mashtal, Baladiyat and Ur in eastern Baghdad, the southwestern district of Bayaa and the northern neighborhoods of Sab al-Bor and Hurriyah.
Also on Sunday, fourteen people, including five civilians, were killed in the city of Mosul, located about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, when a bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a group of soldiers.
An unnamed police officer said at least 30 people were wounded in the attack.
According to figures based on security and medical sources, more than 630 people have been killed so far this month in Iraq, and almost 5,300 since the beginning of the year.
Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and want to push the country into chaos