Multiple bombs exploded late Thursday evening (August 16th) in Baghdad and Kut, killing at least 35 Iraqis and wounding 44 others, Iraqi police said.
The new casualties raised Thursday's death toll across the country to as many as 82 people, AFP reported, as earlier attacks killed at least 21 people.
In south-east Baghdad, at least 25 people were killed, including seven security personnel, when two explosions struck a popular café in al-Zaafaraniyah. At least 40 others were wounded in attack.
"A car bomb parked opposite a popular café full of customers exploded at 11 pm on Thursday, followed by a booby-trapped motorcycle exploding after security forces and medics arrived," Lt. Col. Safaa Ali al-Mashhadani of Baghdad's Rasafa police told Al-Shorfa.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson Col. Ibrahim Abdul Jalil said 10 Iraqi civilians were killed and four other people wounded when a car bomb exploded on the side of a public road in central Kut's al-Amal Square.