The attacks occurred in the morning when 12 car bombs went off in Baghdad, while a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the nearby town of Mahmoudiyah, a ministry source told a news agency on condition of anonymity.

One of the car bombings ripped through Sadr city neighbourhood in eastern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 17, the source said.

Another car bomb went off at al-Doulai district in the northwestern part of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 20.A car bombing occurred in New Baghdad district, leaving five people dead and 15 injured.

In Saidiyah district in southern Baghdad, a car bomb explosion killed two and wounded 14.Another car bomb hit Jesr Diyala district in southeastern Baghdad and killed six people and injured 21. In Baiyaa district, one person was killed and 12 wounded in car bombing, while in Shula district, another car bomb attack killed two people and wounded 11.

Earlier, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car at a police checkpoint in Hurriyah district in the northwestern part of Baghdad, killing at least three people and wounding eight.

The toll in Wednesday attacks could rise as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the victims to different hospitals and medical centres in the city, the source said.


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