A fresh wave of bombings in Baghdad on Sunday killed at least 20 people, officials said, the latest assault by militants who have been fighting Iraqi security forces and allied tribes in country's west.
The deadliest attack took place in Baghdad's Shia northern Shaab neighborhood, when two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously near a restaurant and a tea house. Officials say those blasts killed 10 people and wounded 26.
Authorities said another car bomb ripped through the capital's Shia eastern district of Sadr City, killing five and wounding 10. A fourth bombing killed three civilians and wounded six in a commercial area in the central Bab al-Muadham neighborhood, officials said. Two other bombings killed two civilians and wounded 13, police said.
The attacks come as Iraqi security forces continued to besiege two key cities in the country's western Anbar province after they were taken over by militants from an Al-Qaeda-linked group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). Clashes have been taking place since Monday in Anbar's provincial capital, Ramadi, and nearby Fallujah between Al-Qaeda militants and pro-government Sunni tribesmen