Wave of blasts kills dozens in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say at least 47 people have been killed in a wave of car bombings in the central and southern part of the country today.

They happened during morning rush hour and are the latest in violence that has killed more than 3,000 people since April.

Bombs in at least a dozen cars went off in markets and parking lots in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad. The deadliest was in the eastern Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, where two separate explosions killed nine civilians and wounded 33 others.

A bomb in a parked car also went off in a market in the southern city of Basra, killing four people and wounding five others.

There’s no immediate claim of responsibility in today’s attacks, but they have the markings of al-Qaida’s Iraq arm, known as the Islamic State of Iraq.

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