TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 70 people were killed in a wave of bombings in markets in Shiite neighborhoods across Baghdad in worsening violence in Iraq.
No group claimed responsibility for the blasts. But al-Qaeda's Iraqi wing has increased attacks since the beginning of the year and often target several districts.
More than a dozen blasts tore into markets and shopping areas in districts across the Iraqi capital, including twin bombs just several hundred meters apart that killed at least 13 people in the capital's Sadr City area, police and hospital officials said, Reuters reported.
"A driver hit another car and left pretending to bring traffic police. Another car rushed to take him away and right after his car exploded among people who had gathered to see what was happening," said bystander Hassan Kadhim. "People were shouting for help and blood covered their faces."
More than 700 people were killed in attacks in April, according to a UN count, the highest monthly toll in almost five years. So far in May more than 300 have died.
Bombings on Shiite and Sunni mosques, security forces and tribal leaders over a month-long surge in violence are heightening worries Iraq risks returning to the level of sectarian violence that killed thousands in 2006-2007.