BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- A series of bomb attacks struck mostly Shiite districts in and near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing up to 49 people and wounding some 175, police said.
In south of Baghdad, gunmen broke into a house at a village near the town of Latifiyah, some 40 km south of the capital, killing seven family members, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
A roadside bomb struck an army patrol in the town of Madain, some 30 km southeast of Baghdad, killing four soldiers and wounding three others, a local police source said.
Elsewhere, two roadside bombs ripped through the town of Tarmiyah, some 40 km north of Baghdad, wounding five civilians, a local police source said.
Earlier in the day, a total of 32 people were killed and 152 wounded when 12 car bombs went off in Baghdad during the morning rush hours, while a suicide bomber set off his explosive vest at restaurant in the nearby town of Mahmoudiyah, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.
The source said that the toll from Mahmudiyah suicide bombing rose to five killed and 15 wounded.
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 the 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.