At least 67 people have been killed and 138 others wounded in Iraq following a series of attacks across the country marking one of the bloodiest days in months for the country.
In the deadliest attack, at least 25 people were killed and 52 others injured when two car bombs went off simultaneously in the Rashid district in southern Baghdad.
The attack struck as thousands of Shiite pilgrims were heading to the holy city of Karbala, some 110 kilometers south of Baghdad.
Haider Mazin is a local resident.
"People are going to their work to earn their living. Carpenters and workers were going to their work when a car bomb went off."
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks.
Insurgent groups, mainly al-Qaida and other Sunni militants frequently target civilians in public areas to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government.
Monday's attacks came amid escalation of sectarian tension between the Sunni and Shiite communities, which have been at its highest level since the U.S. troops pulled out from the country at the end of 2011.