BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say Shiite-dominated cities in central and southern Iraq have been hit with yet another new wave of insurgent attacks that have killed at least 35 people.
Today's attacks, mostly car bombs, continue a surge in bloodshed that has engulfed the country for months. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which targeted commercial areas and parking lots in seven cities. But systematically organized waves of bombings are used by al-Qaida's local branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government.
The deadliest was in the city of Hillah, 60 miles south of Baghdad, where a car bomb near an outdoor market and parking lot killed nine civilians and wounded 15 others. A few minutes later, another car bomb killed six civilians and wounding 14.
Eight medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.