BAGHDAD (AFP) - A wave of near-simultaneous bombs ripped through crowded Baghdad markets and a packed minibus Wednesday, killing 48 people including women and children out shopping, officials said. Three blasts occurred within minutes of each other in markets in the impoverished Shia district of Sadr City and two other neighbourhoods during afternoon rush hour when they were packed with mothers and schoolchildren. Forty-one people were killed and 68 wounded in three car bombs in market places, an interior ministry official told AFP. The explosions started about 4:30 pm (1330 GMT)... Among the victims were women and children, added a Sadr City policeman. Medical sources from hospitals in the Iraqi capital confirmed the toll of dead and wounded in Sadr City. The attacks in the northeast area of the capital were followed by deadly blasts in three other districts that raised the toll to 48 dead and more than 80 wounded. A bomb on a minibus killed five civilians and wounded three in the mixed neighbourhood of Dora in south Baghdad. Another car bomb in confessionally mixed Al-Shurta Al-Rabaa in the west injured five, security officials told AFP. Two further car bombs killed two people and wounded eight near a mosque in Hurriyah, also in west Baghdad. The explosions in Sadr City triggered a spontaneous protest among dozens of angry residents who poured into the streets and accused the police of cooperating with the Americans and failing to do their job effectively. Whatever you do Moqtada al-Sadr will be number one, they shouted. As the crowd began to throw stones nervous police fired warning shots, sending locals diving for cover amid the charred wreckage of vehicles and burned out store fronts, an AFP reporter said. Maliki referred to Baghdadi as the head of evil, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and said he had ties to the followers of the secular former regime of executed dictator Saddam Hussein. Iraqi security forces released what they said was the first known picture of Baghdadi, showing a middle-aged man with dark skin and a close-cropped beard and moustache wearing a black shirt. In other violence, 2 people were shot dead and another wounded when US forces opened fire on attackers near the troubled northern city of Kirkuk.