18 Feb 2013

Car bombs in Baghdad

5:11 am on 18 February 2013

Nine car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and injuring scores more in the iraqi capital. The bombs were mainly in Shia areas in the city.

Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaeda have been blamed for a recent rise in killings.

Some bombs were detonated near busy outdoor markets. The al-Sadr hospital was full of wounded people.

al-Iraqiya TV said there were nine bombs. Security officials said another six car bombs were defused, three of them in Sadr City.

One wounded man whose car was destroyed in a blast, questioned how the bombers could get past security. Hussein Mohammed said:

"I spent about two hours to enter Sadr City, so how could this car bomb enter? Where is the security?"