Bombings across Iraq have claimed the lives of 80 people in a day of violence mostly in Shia districts of the capital Baghdad.
Car bomb explosions and other blasts, most of which took place within minutes of each other during Baghdad’s morning rush hour on Wednesday, left at least 80 dead in the country, Iraqi officials said on condition of anonymity, The Associated Press reported. Most of the attacks targeted parking lots, outdoor markets and restaurants in Shia districts in and around the capital. Two bombs detonated in a parking lot in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kazimiyah, followed by another bombing after onlookers gathered at the scene. The attack killed 10 people and injured 27 others. A Shia family was shot dead at home in the town of Latifiyah, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad. Police said that four children, ages eight to 16, were killed along with their parents and an uncle. In the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Sha’ab, a car bomb killed nine people. Other car bombings left 19 dead in outdoor markets in the suburb district of Sadr City, the northeastern neighborhood of Shula, the southeastern Jisr Diyala district, and the eastern New Baghdad area. Other blasts rocked the neighborhoods of Bayaa, Jamila, Hurriyah and Saydiyah, killing 12. A car bomb went off in the southwestern neighborhood of Amil, killing four. A bombing attack near a restaurant in Mahmoudiyah, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, claimed five lives while a roadside bomb struck a passing military patrol in Madain, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of the city, killing four soldiers. Another car bomb killed four worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in Baghdad's western Yarmouk neighborhood. In the neighborhood of A’zamiyah, six people were killed after a car bomb hit a coffee shop. The casualty figures, which included more than 250 injured, were confirmed by medical officials. More than 510 people have lost their lives in Iraq only in August so far, according to reports. According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July -- the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008.