Parking lots, outdoor markets, and restaurants in six mainly Shiite neighborhoods were targeted by the unknown terrorists. The areas hit by the bombings were the neighborhoods of Kazimiyah, Sadr City, Shaab, Shula, Jamila and Mahmoudiyah. The deadliest attack happened in the northwest district of Kadhimiya, where five people died when two roadside bombs were detonated. Less than a week ago, bombings across Iraq have left 32 people dead, with the deadliest blast hitting a busy café in Baghdad, killing 26 people and wounding 55 others. Earlier this month, multiple car bombings in twelve separate car bombings targeting markets and shopping streets have left 80 people killed, and 200 others injured. At the end of July, 17 blasts have killed at least 60 people and left more than 100 others wounded. All in all, over 1,000 Iraqis were killed in attacks in July, the worst monthly death toll since 2008. Tensions have ratcheted up in Iraq between Sunni and Shiite Muslims over the past year, with Sunnis claiming they are being marginalized by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s Shiite-led government. Attacks have especially increased since a deadly crackdown by security forces on Sunni riots in April.
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