Multiple bomb attacks kill 26 in Iraq
At least 26 people have been killed and many others injured in a series of car bomb attacks in central and southern Iraq, officials told the BBC.
Baghdad was worst hit. At least five car bombs exploded near bus stations and outdoor markets in mainly Shia Muslim districts of the capital.
Two bombs went off earlier in the day in the southern city of Basra.
The attacks come amid a recent rise in violence in Iraq linked to growing political and sectarian tension.
At least 60 people died in three bombings in Sunni Muslim areas in and around Baghdad on Friday. Those bombings followed deadly attacks on Shia targets across Iraq.
On Sunday, at least 10 policemen were reported killed in north-western Iraq in attacks blamed by the authorities on Sunni militants.
Basra, a mainly Shia Muslim city, had been seen as relatively peaceful, but there too, violence has increased in recent months.
In March a car bomb in the city killed 10 and wounded many others. On Saturday gunmen there shot and killed a Sunni Muslim cleric.
In Monday’s attacks, at least 16 people died in Baghdad and more than 10 in Basra, officials said.