A wave of at least 14 bombings ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 60 people in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months.
The attacks largely coincided with the morning rush hour, and security forces cordoned off bomb sites, AFP news agency correspondents and officials said.
In all, 11 neighbourhoods were hit by either car bombs, roadside blasts or sticky bombs attached to cars. At least one of the attacks was a suicide bombing and the blasts went off over several hours.
The deadly incidents in Iraq took place at a time that the country is experiencing a critical situation.
Tensions between Iraq’s Shia and Sunni communities have been heightened in recent days after Shia-led government issued an arrest warrant for Hashimi over allegations that he ordered the killings of opponents.
Hashimi denies the charges and says they are politically motivated. Some Sunnis say Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, is seeking to consolidate Shia control of the country following the departure last week of the remaining US troops stationed in the country.