"Fruit and vegetables have been scattered everywhere. Some children were wounded," said Mudhaffar Khalaf, a policeman at the scene. "We have started to evacuate the injured people."
"Today's attacks have targeted predominantly Shia areas once again ... This would indicate that a radical Sunni group was responsible, potentially one affiliated with al Qaeda, and the use of a suicide bomber in at least one of the attacks would also back this up," said John Drake, a London-based senior risk consultant with security firm AKE.