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Three car bombs in Baghdad, including a huge blast at a market in a Shiite area, killed at least 94 people on Wednesday, the bloodiest day in the Iraqi capital this year.
The attacks, all claimed by Daesh, came with the government locked in a political crisis that some have warned could undermine the fight against the jihadists.
The worst bombing struck the frequently targeted Sadr City area of northern Baghdad at about 10 am, killing at least 64 people, officials said.
The blast set nearby shops on fire and left debris including the charred, twisted remains of a vehicle in the street.
Dozens of angry people gathered at the scene of the bombing, blaming the government for the carnage.
"The state is in a conflict over (government positions) and the people are the victims," said a man named Abu Ali. "The politicians are behind the explosion."
Abu Muntadhar echoed his anger.
"The state is responsible for the bombings that hit civilians," the local resident said. The politicians "should all get out".
Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who spearheaded a protest movement demanding a cabinet reshuffle and other reforms, has a huge following in the working-class neighbourhood of Sadr City, which was named after his father.
Another suicide car bomb attack killed at least 17 people at the entrance to the northwestern neighborhood of Kadhimiya, which is home to an important Shiite shrine.
Access to the neighborhood, which has also been repeatedly targeted over the years, is heavily controlled.
Several members of the security forces were among the victims, hospital sources said.
In the Jamea district of western Baghdad, another car bomb went off in the afternoon, killing at least 13 people, an interior ministry official and medics told AFP.
A total of around 150 people were wounded in the three bombings.
Daesh issued an online statement claiming responsibility for all three attacks. It said they were carried out by suicide bombers.
The UN's top envoy in Iraq, Jan Kubis, condemned the bloodshed.
"These are cowardly terrorist attacks on civilians who have done nothing but going about their normal daily lives," he said.
Daesh, which overran large areas in 2014, considers Shiites, who make up the majority of Iraq's population, to be heretics and often targets them with bombings.