On Wednesday, violence erupted in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. A police spokesman said six car bombs, which exploded in districts that were largely Shiite, resulted in the deaths of at least nine people. Sixty-five others were wounded.
Khadimiyah, in the northern part of the Iraqi capital, was the location where the first car bomb detonated. Two people died and nine were wounded in the explosion.
A second car bomb went off in the capital’s southern Zafraniyah district. In this incident, two more people died and twelve others were wounded.
When a third bomb exploded in the city’s southeastern Mashtal zone, one additional person was killed and thirteen were injured.
The fourth bomb’s explosion occurred in Baghdad’s Yedida sector, which is also located in the southeast area of the capital. One died, while ten further people were wounded.
Bomb number five went off close to a gasoline station in a Shiite neighborhood of east Baghdad, called Sadr City. One person was killed and thirteen wounded in this explosion.
The sixth bomb detonated in Al-Saydiyain southwestern Baghdad. Unlike the other five explosions, which wracked mainly Shiite sectors of Baghdad, the sixth bomb exploded in an area where both Shiites and Sunnis live.
These bombings were only the latest incidents in a wave of violence that has recently swept over the city of Baghdad. On Tuesday, armed men attacked five shops that sold alcoholic drinks in eastern Baghdad. Twelve people were killed as a result of these attacks.
Other bombings on Wednesday included two car-bomb attacks on government buildings Wednesday in Kirkuk. In these attacks, at least ten died and thirteen were wounded. Kirkuk is a city 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad.
An even deadlier bombing occurred in the Al Khadra neighborhood, located in the southwestern part of Baghdad. This bomb killed six people and eight were injured. Also, several government buildings and other nearby structures suffered significant damages.
Besides these bombings, another car bomb exploded in the capital’s Tis’ayn zone near a sports and youth department store, resulting in the deaths of four people. Five more were wounded.
A suicide bomber with a motorcycle bomb in the city of Tarmiyah, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Baghdad. targeted a police officer in a patrol car. The policeman died and four others were injured.
Finally, in the city of Baqubah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of the capital, a limpet mine exploded in their vehicle. This fiery blast resulted in the death of a civilian The man’s son was wounded.
Sunni Islamist insurgents determined to set off sectarian confrontations have been blamed for these recent bombings. Due to the tensions which exist between minority Sunni Muslims and the Shiites who now lead Iraq are at their highest since American troops pulled out in December 2011.
One of the important factors behind the bombings is mutual disagreement among the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds over how to share power and cooperate to make the coalition government work.
The second involves the conflict in Syria. Sunni rebels are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad, who follows the Alawite offshoot of Shiite Islam, while the Shiites support his dictatorial regime.