People inspect site of a car bombing in Iraq. (File photo)
At least 36 people have been killed and nearly 100 others injured in a series of car bombings in mainly Shia areas of Iraq.
According to Iraqi sources, a car bomb at a stand for taxi vans in the southern city of Karbala killed five people and injured 16 others on Friday, the deadliest day in Iraq in two months.
Fourteen people were also killed and 36 others injured after two car bombs exploded simultaneously at a vegetable market in Hillah Province, south of the Iraqi capital.
Furthermore, at least 17 people were killed and 45 were wounded in two explosions at an outdoor pet market in Baghdad's northern Kazimyah neighborhood.
Security sources say the first bomb exploded at the main entrance to the market, and as panicked crowds tried to flee the area, the second device went off.
All the victims were civilians. The blasts also completely destroyed several nearby cars.
Over 100 people have been killed in violence across Iraq in the past week, and according to an AFP tally, January was Iraq's deadliest month since September.