The sound of broken glass being swept from the road signals another deadly blast, another chapter in the worst wave of violence in Iraq in five years.

The blood-soaked pavement and shattered shop front now familiar sights after a car exploded killing seven and wounding 16, according to police, in the Shi'ite district of Sadr City, northeast of the Iraqi capital.

In the Al Shaab district, another northeastern suburb of Baghdad, a bulldozer sets about clearing up after at least eight people were killed and 32 injured when two car bombs exploded in quick succession

One man described what he saw.


"I saw the blast and the aftermath, many people were hurt and shops were damaged. What did they do to deserve this? All of them have families to look after."

These blasts were among a series of attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday, killing scores and wounding dozens more.

More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the United Nations.

Iraqis have suffered extreme violence for years, but since the start of the year the targeting of civilians has dramatically increased.


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