Car bombs hit Shiite
areas of Baghdad

Bombings in Iraq, including a series of blasts mainly targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad, killed at least 29 people and wounded 70 on Wednesday, security and medical officials said.


Car bombs hit Kadhimiyah and Sadr City in north Baghdad, Saidiyah in the south and Mashtal and Baghdad Jadida in the east, killing at least 14 people and wounding at least 47, while a roadside bomb in the Zafraniyah area killed two police, officials said.


AFP journalists heard the sound of explosions in central Baghdad, and saw a number of ambulances on the street.


Meanwhile, Iraqiya state television quoted the security command responsible for Baghdad as saying four more car bombs were defused in the capital.


A car bomb in Kirkuk was the day's deadliest single attack, killing eight people and wounding another eight.


It was followed by a roadside bomb targeting the Kirkuk police chief's convoy and a car bomb that exploded nearby, killing two people and wounding nine between them.


In Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a police checkpoint, killing one policeman and wounding four people.


Attacks in the northern city of Mosul killed two policeman and wounded two more.


The Wednesday violence came a day after attacks killed 16 people in Iraq, including 12 shot dead when gunmen attacked a row of alcohol shops in Baghdad.


Violence in Iraq has fallen from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, killing more than 200 people in each of the first four months of this year.

The bombs hit Kadhimiyah and Sadr City in north Baghdad, Mashtal in the east and Zafraniyah in the center.