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Fourteen car bombs exploded across Baghdad, Iraq in mostly Shi'ite Muslim populated areas, killing at least 54 people.
Reuters is reporting that the deadliest explosion claimed the life of five civilians and two soldiers.
Abu Mohammed, who witnessed the explosion, said, "The driver said he would move the car soon, but it exploded a few minutes later."
Sunni militants are being blamed for the latest car bombs. They have killed more than 6,000 in 2013 already. Sunnis see Shi'ites as heretics and have ramped up violence against them.
The increased violence since 2007 could mean that "Iraq may be moving back to a level of conflict that will amount to a serious civil war," the Center for Strategic and International Studies commented in a report, CNN notes.
"There is also substantial reporting to show that Iraq's violence is not simply the product of extremists and terrorists groups," Anthony Cordesman and Sam Khazai said in the report.
The report goes on to say, "Iraq's growing violence is also the result of the fact that Iraq is the scene of an ongoing to establish a new national identity."
There is also worry that the wave of violence might create a refugee crisis in Iraq, according to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.