World Bulletin / News Desk
Five car bombs killed at least 34 people in Shi'ite areas of Iraq on Friday, police and medics said.
Two car bombs were detonated simultaneously at a bus stop near a Friday street market selling birds and other pets in the Shi'ite district of Kadhimiya in Baghdad, killing at least 16 people and wounding another 44, police and hospital sources said.
Footage of the scene showed dozens of buses and taxis destroyed by the explosion and blood on the ground.
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In the Shi'ite city of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, 15 people were killed in two car bomb explosions at a vegetable market.
"I was shopping when I heard the first explosion. I was scared and tried to reach my car to run away but before I got in the second explosion went off," said Habib al-Murshidi who was at the scene.
"I saw many people, women and old men lying on the ground which was covered with blood and scattered fruit and vegetables".
Another three people were killed by a parked car bomb in Kerbala, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, police said.
Thousands of Sunni Muslims have taken to the streets since late December in protest at what they see as the marginalisation of their sect since the fall of Saddam Hussein and the empowerment of Iraq's Shi'ite majority through the ballot box.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks on Friday.
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