Image: A police officer looks at a burnt vehicle
Ceerwan Aziz  /  Reuters
A police officer looks at a burnt vehicle in a parking lot after a bomb attack in Baghdad's Karrada district on Sunday.
updated 9/28/2008 6:00:42 PM ET 2008-09-28T22:00:42

Police said a series of explosions in Baghdad on Sunday have killed at least 32 people and wounded nearly 100.

The blasts rocked mostly Shiite areas near sundown as Muslims were preparing for Iftar, the meal that breaks the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Officials said the deadliest blasts occurred in the Karradah neighborhood, where a parked car loaded with explosives blew up in a commercial area about 7 p.m. At least 19 people were killed and more than 70 wounded.

The attacks appear aimed at reviving sectarian tensions that once threatened Iraq with civil war.

In one incident, the U.S. military said what was first reported by Iraqi police as a car bombing turned out to be due to an electrical fire.

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