A series of vehicle bombings in Iraq killed at least 31 people Friday, officials said, in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic militants who have seized large parts of the country.

A parked explosives-packed car detonated shortly before midday prayers near the al-Mubarak mosque in the Iraqi capital’s mostly Shiite central district of Karradah, killing nine people and wounding 18 others, police said.

Cars later exploded in two outdoor markets, one in the Shiite suburb of Nahrawan and the other in the Shiite district of Bayaa. Those attacks together killed nine people and wounded 23, according to police. Just south of Baghdad, yet another car bomb went off in a parking lot in the town of Mahmoudiyah, killing three and wounding 10, police said. […]