BAGHDAD — Three car bombs exploded Monday evening in the Iraqi capital and killed at least 17 people, authorities said. At least one appeared to target Shiite pilgrims, sinking the country deeper into a wave of sectarian violence.
One bomb went off in a largely Sunni neighborhood, but authorities say that blast, which killed nine, appeared to have targeted Shiite pilgrims.
A second bomb struck near a police vehicle in the Shiite neighborhood of al-Shaab, killing three officers and four civilians, police and hospital officials said. A third bomb in a predominantly Sunni area in western Baghdad exploded during attempts to defuse it, killing a soldier, officials said.
Earlier in the day, a roadside bomb killed two Shiite pilgrims in a Baghdad suburb.
The attacks were the latest in a wave of violence primarily targeting Shiites that has killed more than 90 people in a week.