At least 36 people have been killed in a series of car bomb and mortar attacks in in Shia areas of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Al Jazeera reports.
A suicide car bomb hit an army checkpoint near a restaurant in the northern district of Talibiya on Thursday afternoon, killing nine people, officials said.
Five mortar rounds hit the neighbouring Shia district of al-Shaoula, killing another five and wounding 21 others.
A car bomb then exploded in the nearby Hurriya district, leaving six dead and wounding 14 others.
“They are making a statement to the Shia fighting them… we can target you in your household,” Kareem al-Nouri, from the Badr Organisation, a powerful Shia political party with a militia wing, told the Reuters news agency.
The violence, however, has increased in the city since late September.
The United Nations says more than 1,110 people have been killed in acts of violence across Iraq in September.
According to an AFP news agency count, around 400 have already been killed this month.
Haider al-Abbadi has been prime minister for a month but is still without a defence or interior minister due to rifts among the country’s main Shia and Sunni political parties.
By Edos News