17 bombs explode across Iraq killing at least 60

17 bombs explode across Iraq killing at least 60
At least 60 people were killed and over 100 wounded as 17 car bombs exploded targeting Shia areas across Iraq, according to local police and medics.

The bombs were hidden in parked cars, police said.

Two of the bombs killed at least 10 people after exploding 150km (95 miles) southeast of the capital near a bus station in the city of Kut.

Another four people died in a blast about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad in the town of Mahmoudiya.

The other explosions took place across Baghdad, including in the neighborhoods of Sadr city, Habibiya, Hurriya, Bayaa, Ur, Shurta, Kadhimiya and Risala.

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the impoverished district of Sadr City in Baghdad on July 29, 2013, after 11 car bombs hit nine different areas of Baghdad, seven of them Shiite-majority, while another exploded in Mahmudiyah to the south of the capital. (AFP Photo / Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Some are connecting the recent violence to the assaults on Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons during which up to 1,000 prisoners, including senior Al-Qaeda terrorists, escaped.

"Today's attacks are closely linked with the Taji and Abu Ghraib prison breaks, which have encouraged terrorist groups to launch further attacks in areas of a specific sect to put more pressure on the government and undermine security force morale", senior member of the security and defense committee in parliament Hakim Al- Zamili told Reuters.

This year has been one of the deadliest in Iraq since the invasion in 2003, with nearly 4,000 people killed, according to violence monitoring group Iraq Body Count.

The violence increased as Sunni Islamists intensified their attacks against the Shiite-led government, killing more than 810 people in July alone.

"I am deeply concerned about the heightened level of violence which carries the danger that the country falls back into sectarian strife," acting United Nations envoy to Iraq Gyorgy Busztin told Reuters. "Iraq is bleeding from random violence, which sadly reached record heights during the holy month of Ramadan."

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the impoverished district of Sadr City in Baghdad on July 29, 2013, after 11 car bombs hit nine different areas of Baghdad, seven of them Shiite-majority, while another exploded in Mahmudiyah to the south of the capital. (AFP Photo / Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Iraqis remove the stones of a wall that was destroyed in a car bombing outside Ahl al-Bayya' mosque on July 29, 2013 in south eastern Baghdad. (AFP Photo / Ali Al-Saadi)