Bombings kill 65 around Baghdad

AFP-JIJI

A wave of bombings killed 65 people in Baghdad province Saturday night, officials said, as Iraq struggles to contain its worst violence since 2008. More than 520 people have been killed so far this month.

Twelve car bombs and a roadside bomb hit the city of Baghdad, while another bomb exploded in Madain to the south of the capital, a police colonel and a medical official said.

The blasts wounded nearly 200 others.

The bombs exploded as Baghdad residents turned out to shop and relax in cafes after iftar, the meal that breaks the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.