Bombs kill at least 8 people in Iraq

August 16, 2009 10:57:01 AM PDT
Iraqi officials say two bombs have exploded at a market in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 19. It's the latest in a series of bombings targeting Shiites and minorities in the capital and northern Iraq.

Police and hospital officials say two bombs hidden in plastic bags near a falafel stand exploded simultaneously shortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The officials gave the casualty figures on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information. They say several nearby stores were damaged.

The spike in violence follows the withdrawal of American troops from urban areas, heightening concerns about the abilities of Iraqi forces to protect the people.