Violence Spikes in Baghdad

Three bombs exploded in Baghdad’s historic district of Shurja Sunday as shoppers were buying food for a major Muslim festival. At least six people died in the explosions and 21 more were injured. The market has been a target for civilian attacks in the past, and Interior and Defense Ministry officials reported that part of the market was ablaze. Militant violence in Baghdad has resurged in recent months with news that U.S. troops would be leaving the country by the end of the year. Many fear attacks will only worsen when the U.S. military hands over responsibility to Iraqis.