A SPATE OF attacks in Baghdad and central Iraq on Tuesday killed at least 50 people and left 171 wounded, security and medical officials said.
There were 20 explosions and several gun attacks predominantly targeting Shiite Muslims, with most of the attacks striking in Baghdad’s north and east. The Associated Press reports today’s attacks – mostly car bombs – targeted small restaurants, day workers and bus stops during rush hour.
The overall death toll was the highest in Iraq in six months, according to an AFP tally.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
The deadliest attack today occurred close to one of the main gates of the heavily-fortified Green Zone, home to major government offices and the embassies of several countries including the UK and the US. That blast killed two soldiers and four civilians.
No group has claimed responsibility for the violence.