Iraq: Car bombs in Shia areas kill 37

A series of car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out shopping in and around Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 37 people in mainly Shi'ite areas.

The attacks come amid rising sectarian discord in Iraq and appear aimed at shaking Iraqis' confidence in the Shi'ite-led government. The explosions struck at the start of the local work week and primarily targeted outdoor markets. It was at least the third time this month that attacks have claimed more than 20 lives in a single day.

The detonation of a parked car loaded with explosives in the sprawling Shi'ite district of Sadr City heralded the start of the attacks Sunday morning. Two more parked cars later exploded elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Other blasts hit al-Amin, an open-air market in Husseiniya, just northeast of the capital, and in the Kamaliya area in Baghdad's eastern suburbs. Another car bomb exploded near street vendors and a police car in Karradah district.

Police and hospital officials provided the death toll, and said more than 130 people were wounded.

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