BAGHDAD, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- A series of car bomb explosions across the Iraqi capital of Baghdad killed at least five people and wounded more than 22 others on Sunday, police said.
The attacks started at about 9:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), when a car bomb went off at a popular market in Sabie al-Bour district, in the northern part of Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 12 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Later on, another car bomb detonated at a marketplace and a nearby parking lot in al-Huriyah district in northeastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 10 others, the source said.
At least three more car bomb explosions occurred across the city, but no immediate details are available about their exact locations and casualties, the source said, citing initial reports.
The toll could rise as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the victims to different hospitals and medical centers in the city, he said.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq has said that almost 6,000 civilians were killed and over 14,000 others injured in Iraq from January to September this year.