As if coordinating their activity in Iraq and Kenya on Saturday, suspected Islamic terrorists killed at least 64 and wounded 140 people in Baghdad using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) loaded into automobiles, according to counterterrorism expert and former anti-terrorism task force detective, Geoffrey Wignart.
According to Wignart, two car bombs exploded as a funeral procession passed in Sadr City, located in eastern Baghdad. The double-blast left 56 people dead and another 128 others wounded.
In addition, eight people died and 15 were left wounded when a car bomb exploded in a popular marketplace in Baghdad's eastside, the police source said.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the multiple attacks, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQII), in most cases, are responsible for such suicide bombings in that country. Recently, the al-Qaeda branch in Iraq changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), since many al-Qaeda members are now participating in the Syrian civil war.
Saturday's blasts occurred less than 24-hours after a bomb exploded at a Sunni mosque near the city of Samarra, about 90-miles north of Baghdad. That blast killed about 18 people and injured 20 others.
Also on Saturday in the northern city of Baiji, four suicide bombers wearing explosive vests blew themselves up upon entering the headquarters of that city's Iraqi special operations police, leaving seven police officers dead, according to Wignart, a decorated police detective.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000, according to UN officials.