Wave of car bombs kills 54 in Iraq

BY newsdesk  September 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM EDT

The relentless violence in Iraq continued Monday morning, when at least 54 people in mostly Shi’ite areas of Baghdad were killed in different attacks across the Iraqi capital.

A total of 14 car bombs shook the city, and the violence was widely blamed on Sunni militants trying to push the country back into sectarian strife. The deadliest attack was in Sadr City, where a white car exploded at a vegetable market, near a gathering place for men seeking work. Seven people were killed there, including two soldiers.

The other attacks took place in markets and parking lots, leaving charred remnants of car frames and mangled metal on the street.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but similar attacks by al-Qaida have previously occurred across the country, and sectarian violence has increased significantly in recent months. Violence blamed mostly on Sunni militants against Shi’ites has killed more than 6,000 people this year, according to the monitoring group Iraq Body Count.

The violence that gripping Iraq followed a series of attacks on Sunday that killed 46 people nationwide.