The blasts come amid a week-long spike in sectarian violence following clashes at a Sunni protest camp in the north of the country. No one has claimed responsibility, but coordinated bombings in civilian areas are a favorite strategy used by Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Two parked car bombs went off simultaneously Monday morning in the city of Amarah near a gathering of construction workers and a market, killing 13 civilians and wounding 42, according to police.
Another police officer said a parked car bomb exploded near a restaurant in the city of Diwaniyah, killing eight civilians and wounding 25 others.
Amarah, some 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Baghdad and Diwaniyah, 30 kilometers (80 miles) south of the capital, are heavily Shia and normally comparatively peaceful.
Hours later, another parked car bomb went off in the revered Shia city of Karbala, killing two civilians and wounding 12 others, police said. Two early Islamic figures revered by Shias are buried in the city, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Baghdad.
A parked car bomb ripped through a Shia neighborhood in the otherwise predominantly Sunni town of Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Baghdad, killing three and wounding 16, another police said.
Four medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
Sectarian violence has spiked since Tuesday, when security forces tried to make arrests at a Sunni Muslim protest camp in the northern city of Hawija. The move set off a clash that killed 23 people, including three soldiers.
The Hawija incident and a spate of follow-up battles between gunmen and security forces as well as other attacks, including Monday’s, have left around 200 dead in the last week.
The inmates of various nationalities were selected based on good conduct and behaviour
The percentage has increased by 10 per cent from the previous year
The initiative is conducted in cooperation with 18 banks and financial institutions in the country
The programme will host both beginners and experienced meditators