Bomb Blasts Kill 30 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) -

Bomb blasts tore through two Baghdad neighborhoods Wednesday evening, killing at least 30 people, and extending a wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq.

The attacks come as the country is experiencing its most sustained bout of violence since the 2011 U.S. military withdrawal.

Wednesday’s deadliest attack struck a commercial street in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Jihad neighborhood, killing 18 and wounding 42, police said. Many of those slain were in a wedding party that was passing by when the blast went off, according to authorities.

The southwestern neighborhood was one of the earliest flashpoints in Baghdad’s descent into sectarian bloodshed in the years following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. It housed mainly Sunni civil servants and security officials under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.