A series of bloody car bombings in Baghdad on Monday recalled the blackest days of violence in the capital as at least 32 people were killed and nearly 130 more were wounded.
Shortly after midday, twin car bombs tore through a popular medical clinic and a crowded bazaar, killing 12 and wounding 23 in Um Al-Maalif just west of the city centre, defence and interior ministry officials said.
A total of six car bombs shattered the city's fragile security situation just as British business minister Peter Mandelson arrived in Baghdad.
During the morning rush hour 10 people were killed and 65 wounded when a booby-trapped car exploded in a market area of the impoverished Shiite district of Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.
In the central Allawi district, four people were killed and 15 others wounded by another car bomb. Most of the victims were workers waiting for jobs, a defence ministry official said.
A car bomb targeting the convoy of a senior interior ministry official killed one civilian and a policeman and wounded six other policemen in the southeastern neighbourhood of New Baghdad.