BAGHDAD -- Seven car bombs have exploded on bustling commercial streets in the Shiite areas of Baghdad. The Saturday night blasts are part of a relentless wave of violence that has killed at least 46 inside and outside the Iraqi capital.
The car bombs detonated after the iftar meal that breaks the daily fast of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. Many people head out to shop or relax in coffee shops in the cooler evenings after fasting ends.
Bombings and other attacks have now killed more than 250 people since the start of Ramadan on July 10, according to an Associated Press count. The violence is a continuation of a surge of bloodshed that has rocked Iraq for months, reviving fears of a return to the widespread sectarian killings that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.