Three bomb blasts left at least nine people dead in and near Baghdad on Monday, the latest incidents of violence and terror attacks that continue to rattle Iraq. The bombings come two days after an attack by the Islamic State group killed scores of Shiite pilgrims near the Iraqi capital on Saturday.
The deadliest blast on Monday was reported from a southern district in Baghdad, in which six people were killed, according to Reuters. Explosives also went off in two towns near the Iraqi capital, killing three more. More than 25 people were wounded in the three blasts.
No terror group has claimed responsibility for Monday's bombings yet. ISIS had claimed Saturday's bombings, in which the group had targeted Shia Muslims visiting Baghdad's Imam Kadhim shrine to mark the death anniversary of the religious leader worshipped among the 12 imams revered in Shiite Islam. The Sunni Islamist terror group considers Shias to be heretics.
Sectarian violence and terror attacks have left thousands dead in Iraq this year, with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq reporting more than 3,000 deaths in the country in the first four months of 2016.
According to the agency, 741 people were killed last month in Iraq due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict.
"Terrorists have used suicide attacks to target cafÃ©s, places of worship, pilgrims and markets in a wicked, unrelenting campaign to cause maximum casualties and inflict untold suffering on the population," Jan Kubis, special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, was quoted as saying by United Nations Iraq.