Series of car bombings killed more than 60 in Iraq

At least 63 people have been killed and many have been wounded in series of car bombings over across Iraq, according to medical sources.

One of the most significant bomb attacks occurred near crowded market in town of Khalis killing at least 40 people.

“The driver begged police to be allowed to park his vehicle in order to buy medication from a nearby pharmacy and five minutes later it (the explosion) went off and caused huge destruction,” police captain Mohammed al-Tamimi said in the statement.

A second attack took place also near a crowded market in the town of al-Zubair, about 15km (9 miles) south-west of the oil town of Basra killing 10 people.

A third explosion in the Hussainiya district of the northern outskirts of Baghdad killed 13 people, according to police.

Although Islamic State militants said they carried out the blast near Basra, no group has claimed responsibility for the other attacks.

A reporter said the bombing in Basra was unexpected as it is predominantly Shia, which makes it harder for Sunni jihadist groups to carry out attacks in the same way they do in Baghdad and other parts of the country.

The two other car bombing areas are regularly targeted by jihadists, according to a reporter.

717 people were killed and 1,216 people wounded in terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq this September, according to the UN figures.