Series of bomb blasts leaves 76 dead in Baghdad
A series of co-ordinated bomb attacks struck Shia neighbourhoods in Baghdad last night, killing at least 76 people.
The attacks, presumed to be the work of al-Qa'ida or other Sunni extremists, are the latest in a bloody week for the Iraqi capital after the massacre of 46 Christians attending an evening service on Sunday. The 14 bombs exploded in sequence from 6.15pm near restaurants and other crowded locations.
The biggest single toll was near a market in Sadr City, the impoverished Shia neighbourhood in the east of the city, where 15 people were killed. Between 250 to 300 people were also wounded in the blasts, although most had been treated quickly.
The bombings took place after a day of funerals for those killed as police tried to free hostages taken by nine militants at the Church of Our Lady of Salvation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)