BAGHDAD — A wave of car bombs struck mainly in Shiite neighborhoods of Bagdad on Monday morning, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, the latest in relentless violence roiling Iraq in recent months.
The country’s Interior Ministry blamed al-Qaida-linked insurgents, saying they are exploiting the political infighting and security shortcomings to stage attacks.
“Our war with terrorism goes on,” Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan told The Associated Press. “Part of the problem is the political infighting and regional conflicts … There are shortcomings and we need to develop our capabilities mainly in the intelligence-gathering efforts.”
Iraqi militants often target crowded places such as markets, cafes and mosques, seeking to inflict huge numbers of casualties.
Monday’s attack were the biggest since the Sept. 21 suicide bombings that struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in Sadr City, killing at least 104 people.
On Sunday, a series of bombings in different parts of Iraq — including two suicide bombings in the country’s relatively peaceful northern Kurdish region — killed 46.
Violence in Iraq surged after government troops moved against a protest camp of Sunni demonstrators in April, triggering deadly clashes nationwide. Although overall death tolls are still lower than at the height of the conflict, the cycle of violence is reminiscent to the one that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006-2007.
More than 4,500 people have been killed since April.
Al-Qaida is believed to be trying to build on the Sunni minority’s discontent toward what they consider to be second-class treatment by Iraq’s Shiite-led government and on the infighting between political groups, to ignite a sectarian warfare.
Associated Press writer Qassim Abdul-Zahra contributed to this report from Baghdad.
Source : Associated Press
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