Iraq: 26 Die in Monday Bombings
Five car bombs have exploded in public areas in central and southern Iraq, killing 26 civilians and wounding dozens.
Two parked car bombs went off simultaneously in the city of Amarah near a gathering of construction workers and a market, killing 13 civilians and wounding 42, according to police.
A parked car bomb exploded near a restaurant in the city of Diwaniyah, killing eight civilians and wounding 25 others.
Amarah and Diwaniyah are predominantly Shia areas.
Hours later, another parked car bomb went off in the Shia hold city of Karbala, killing two civilians and wounding 12 others.
A parked car bomb ripped through a Shiite neighborhood in the otherwise predominantly Sunni town of Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, killing three and wounding 16.