Seven bombs placed inside apartment buildings across Baghdad killed at least 49 people and decimated residential neighborhoods in an onslaught that Iraqi and U.S. security officials blamed on al Qaeda-linked militants.
The explosions are the second coordinated large-scale bombings in the last three days, fueling fears that insurgents are taking advantage of Iraq's post-election political vacuum to sow chaos and spiral the country back to civil war. In the last week, more than 100 people have died in numerous attacks around Baghdad alone.
No claim of responsibility has been made for the bombings this week, but a resurgence of al Qaeda — or other militant groups — capable of planning and carrying out such large-scale assaults casts doubt over Iraq's security situation and how the country will cope when U.S. troops begin their withdrawal this summer.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Mal
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