Dozens killed as series of car bombs hits mainly Shiite areas in and around Baghdad

3:35 PM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
People inspect their destroyed cars at the scene of a car bomb attack in the Ameen neighborhood of eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (Photo: Khalid Mohammed/ AP)
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BAGHDAD (AP) - Shiite neighborhoods in Iraq's capital have been hit by a series of car bombs today.

Police and hospital officials say at least 37 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded as car bombs tore through shopping areas within minutes of each. The explosions struck at the start of the local work week and primarily targeted outdoor markets.

Sectarian tensions have been growing in Iraq and appear aimed at shaking Iraqis' confidence in the Shiite-led government.

Violence in Iraq has fallen since the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, but insurgents still frequently launch lethal attacks against security forces and civilians. It was the third time this month that attacks have claimed more than 20 lives in a single day.

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