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At least 56 dead after explosions rock Shia area of Baghdad (VIDEO)

At least 56 people are dead after a wave of car bomb explosions hit a predominantly Shia area of Baghdad on the anniversary of the 2003 US-led invasion.

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Al Rashid, a street in Baghdad. (Franco Pagetti/VII/GlobalPost)

A series of car bomb explosions rocked the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing dozens of people and generating unrest on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

The Associated Press and CBS News reported at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 wounded after as many as 10 car bombs detonated, two of them set off by suicide bombers. 

The BBC said there were reports of 15 car bombings as well as roadside bombings and shootings. 

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The attacks mainly targeted restaurants, laborers and bus stops during the morning rush hour in a Shia area of Baghdad, reported the Guardian.

"I was driving my taxi and suddenly I felt my car rocked. Smoke was all around. I saw two bodies on the ground. People were running and shouting everywhere," said Al Radi, a taxi driver who spoke of the incident with the Guardian.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Associated Press noted they "bore hallmarks" of Al Qaeda.

Tuesday is believed to have been the deadliest day in Iraq since Sept. 9 when 76 people were killed in a series of attacks, the BBC said.

A few hours after these latest attacks, Iraq's cabinet announced it would postpone provincial elections in the western province of Anbar and the northern province of Nineveh scheduled for April by up to six months due to security concerns, Al Jazeera reported.

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Last week, a series of deadly Baghdad bombings and an assault on the Justice Ministry contributed to the worsening security situation in the Iraqi capital.

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