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A series of car bombs in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad killed dozens of people and wounded more than 150, in what appeared to be co-ordinated attacks on people celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Some 12 separate blasts targeted markets, busy shopping streets and parks where families mark the end of their religious holiday. This has been one of the deadliest Ramadan months in years, with regular bomb attacks killing scores of people, especially in the capital.
The latest bombings were similar to attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday in which 50 died. More than 1,000 Iraqis have been killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the United Nations.
The Interior Ministry has said the country faced an "open war" fuelled by Iraq's sectarian divisions and has ramped up security in Baghdad, closing roads and sending out frequent helicopter patrols.