29 killed in Iraq bomb blasts against Shi

A spate of car bombs in Shiite areas of Iraq, including two blasts minutes apart at a popular bird market, killed at least 29 people today, the latest in a spike in violence amid a political crisis.

A damaged truck is towed from the site of a suicide bomb in Taji this week. Insurgents have carried out at least one high-casualty attack a month since the US withdrawal. Photograph: Khalid Mohammed/AP

A damaged truck is towed from the site of a suicide bomb in Taji this week. Insurgents have carried out at least one high-casualty attack a month since the US withdrawal. Photograph: Khalid Mohammed/AP

The attacks, which left nearly 70 others wounded, primarily targeted marketplaces that are often crowded on Fridays, the weekly holiday in Iraq, and took the death toll from a week of violence to more than 100.

Twin explosions that struck at a bird market in the north Baghdad neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah, site of the shrine of a revered figure in Shiite Islam, killed at least 16 people and wounded 43 others, security and medical officials said.

The two car bombs were set off just after 9 am (local time) in the market, which is typically packed with people on a Friday.

Militants have targeted Baghdad’s crowded bird markets in the Shi’ite areas.

Earlier on February 1, 2008