BAGHDAD – A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq’s capital Saturday night, killing at least 52 people in a day of violence in which militants stormed a university in the country’s restive Anbar province and took dozens hostage, authorities said.
The attacks in Baghdad focused on Shiite neighborhoods, underscoring the sectarian violence striking at Iraq years after a similar wave nearly tore the country apart after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Now with U.S. troops gone, Iraq founds itself fighting on fronts across the country, as separate clashes in a northern city killed 21 police officers and 38 militants, officials said.
The first Baghdad attack took place Saturday night in the capital’s western Baiyaa district, killing nine people and wounding 22, police said.
Later on in the day, seven car bombs in different parts of Baghdad killed at least 41 people and wounded 62, police said.