BAGHDAD, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least 21 people were killed and 66 others wounded in a series of car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, the police said.
The attacks occurred almost simultaneously during the rush hours in Baghdad.
One of the car bombs went off in the crowded district of Alawi, near the Green Zone which houses the Iraqi government offices and some foreign embassies, killing four people and wounding 12, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Another car bomb ripped through a parking lot in Baghdad's northern district of Kadhmiyah, killing seven and wounding 20 others, the source said.
Meanwhile, a car bomb detonated in Bab al-Mu'dham area in downtown Baghdad and killed five people and wounded 13 others, the source added.
A fourth car bomb exploded in al-Qanat Street in the eastern part of the capital, killing two people and wounding 10 others, the source added.
Furthermore, a car bomb struck the district of Shurta al-Khamsa in southwestern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 11 more, he said.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq recently reported that over 1,000 Iraqis were killed and more than 2,300 wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in July, the deadliest month in more than five years.