BAGHDAD, Aug 6 (Reuters) - A series of car bombs targeting markets and shopping streets in and around Baghdad killed at least 25 people and wounded more than 60 on Tuesday, Iraqi medical and police sources said.
Such attacks have increased in Iraq since the start of the year, with more than 1,000 Iraqis killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the United Nations.
The Interior Ministry has said Iraq was facing an "open war" fuelled by sectarian violence and has ramped up security in the capital this week by closing roads and deploying additional police and helicopters.
Four separate car bombs went off in eastern and southern districts of the capital in quick succession. One of the attacks hit a square in central Baghdad, where a parked car bomb killed five and wounded 18.
In Nahrawan, 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Baghdad, militants targeted a crowded commercial street with a car bomb. (Reporting by Kareem Raheem and Ahmed Rasheed, Writing by Sylvia Westall, Editing by Mike Collett-White)