At least 70 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for a blast in the al-Shaab neighbourhood on Tuesday that killed 38 people and wounded more than 70.
A car bomb in nearby Sadr City killed at least 28 people and wounded another 57. Another automobile blew up in the neighbourhood of al-Rasheed, south of the capital, killing six and wounding 21.
Attacks claimed by ISIL in and around Baghdad last week killed more than 100 people – the highest death toll in such a short span so far this year, sparking anger and street protests over the government’s failure to ensure security.