Iraq: Monday, Bloody Monday
A wave of explosions has rattled the Iraqi capital Monday evening, killing at least 30 people, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a several rare suicide attacks last month in the northern, relatively peaceful self-ruled Kurdish region. Attacks on anti-Al Qaeda fighters earlier in the day claimed another five.
Attacks crossed all lines, hitting not only Shi'ite and Sunni neighborhoods, but mixed neighborhoods as well.
Police reported casualties from explosions in eight neighborhoods. One powerful car bomb killed three, wounded 11, and rattled windows in central Baghdad.
The deadliest attack occurred when both a car bomb and roadside bomb exploded in a market in the Shiite district of Husseiniya, killing six and wounding at least 13.
Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. Sources spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to speak to the media. No one has yet claimed responsibility, but coordinated bomb attacks in civilian populated areas are a common tactic used by Iraq’s Al Qaeda forces.
Earlier Monday, bombs targeting patrols of pro-government, anti-Al Qaeda Sunni militia members exploded outside Baghdad, killing five and wounding 10.
Also Monday, Iraq's parliament said in a statement that lawmakers set April 30 as the date for holding national elections. Iraq's last national elections were held in March 2010.
Monday's violence came after at least 88 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in bombings and other attacks throughout the country on Saturday and Sunday, according to police officials.