Authorities in Iraq say bombs kill 35 in capital

SAMEER N. YACOUB
Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say a series of car bombs targeting commercial streets have killed at least 35 people in the capital, Baghdad.

Police say the first attack took place Saturday night in Baghdad's western district of Baiyaa, killing nine people and wounding 22.

Later on, police say five car bombs in different parts of Baghdad killed 26 people and wounded 40. Police say all the attacks happened in a one-hour period.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to journalists.

Violence in Iraq has spiked following a security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp last year. According to United Nations figures, 8,868 people were killed in Iraq in 2013.