BAGHDAD, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- At least 56 people were killed and 170 others wounded in separate attacks in central and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, the police said.
On Tuesday evening, at least a dozen of car bombs struck across the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, mostly-Shiite neighborhoods, killing 47 people and wounding 163 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Eight people were killed and 28 others wounded when two car bombs exploded in a popular market in Husseiniya area, northeastern of Baghdad.
A car bomb exploded near one popular restaurant in Talbea area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 25 others, the source said.
Earlier, four people were killed and 14 injured in a car bomb blast in the same area, he added.
Another car bomb explosion in Alam neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad killed seven people and wounded 15 others.
Almost simultaneously, four civilians were killed and 14 wounded when a car bomb in Zafaraniyah area in southeastern Baghdad.
In Karrada district, the business area of central Baghdad, six people was killed and 15 others wounded when a car bomb went off.
Five people killed and 16 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a popular market in New Baghdad, southeastern of Baghdad.
Two people were killed and 12 wounded when a car bomb exploded in Shurta neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad.
Elsewhere, one people was killed and four others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a popular market in Abu Dsher area southern of Baghdad.
Another car bomb went off, killing one people and wounding seven others when car bomb exploded in Dora district southern of Baghdad.
One people was killed and six others were wounded when a car bomb exploded in Mameal area, southeastern of Baghdad.
And a roadside bomb hit Baya, southern Baghdad,wounded seven people.
Also on Tuesday, unidentified gunmen broke into a house before dawn in the suburb of Arab Jubour in southern Baghdad and shot dead a man, his wife and their three sons, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Separately, two people were killed by gunmen in Doura district in southern Baghdad, the source said.
Meanwhile, a car bomb at a parking lot detonated in the town of Jbala, some 40 km south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding four others, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.
Jbala is part of the restive area, dubbed Triangle of Death, which is a hotbed of insurgency against the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces.The town is one of a cluster of Sunni towns scattered north of Babil's provincial capital city of Hilla, about 100 km south of Baghdad.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a bomb attached to a civilian car went off in Maqdadiya city, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, wounding three people aboard, two of whom were off-duty policemen, a provincial police source said.
The monthly death toll from violence of Iraq in August was 841, according to a statement released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq on Sunday.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to full- blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.