BAGHDAD — In apparently coordinated attacks, at least 10 bombings shattered Iraqi neighborhoods Monday, killing at least 53 people, injuring more than 200 and contributing to fears that the country's tenuous hold on security is slipping away.
The bombs went off in and around mostly Shiite Muslim areas of Baghdad, the capital, at markets and other public areas that were teeming with civilians, and primarily were planted in cars or on motorcycles, authorities said. No group claimed responsibility, but the bombings were consistent with others carried out by the Al Qaeda affiliate known as the Islamic State of Iraq.
This has been the bloodiest spring in Iraq since 2008 — and certainly since U.S. forces pulled out a year and a half ago — with hundreds killed in sectarian violence between the majority Shiites and the Sunnis who were dominant when Saddam Hussein was in power.
The targeted areas included some of the most heavily secured parts of the city, including central Baghdad, where a blast near the Sheraton Hotel killed six people and injured 21. They also included the sprawling Shiite district of Sadr City, where a bomb left four dead and 26 injured.