Iraqi children play during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad’s Fadhil neighborhood, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. A bombing near a playground and other insurgent attacks killed 18 people including several children in Iraq on Saturday, police said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi insurgents unleashed a string of bombings and other attacks primarily targeting the country’s Shiite community on Saturday, leaving at least 40 dead in a challenge to government efforts to promote a sense of stability by preventing attacks during a major Muslim holiday.
The bloodshed appeared to be the worst in Iraq since Sept. 9, when insurgents launched a wave of bombings and other attacks that left at least 92 dead in one of the country’s bloodiest days this year.
The attacks underscored the difficulties facing the country’s leadership as it struggles to keep its citizens safe. Authorities had increased security in hopes of preventing attacks during the four-day Eid al-Adha celebrations, when people are off work and families gather in public places.
The deadliest attacks struck in the evening in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City. Police said a car packed with explosives Login to read more