Series of bombs kills at least 23 in Baghdad

A series of co-ordinated car bombs and explosions have rocked Shia districts across Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital, killing up to 23 people on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion, The Guardian reports.

Police officials say the attacks, mostly car bombings, targeted mainly small restaurants, groups of labourers and bus stops in the Iraqi capital, all within a one-hour period.

Officials say a further 80 people have been wounded.

A total of nine car bombs and roadside blasts went off across the capital on Tuesday. A suicide bomber driving a truck also attacked a police base in another predominantly Shia town south of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Iraq’s al-Qaida wing, Islamic State of Iraq, has vowed to take back ground lost in its long war with the US-led coalition. Since the start of the year the group has carried out a string of high-profile attacks.

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