More than 90 deaths in Baghdad are being blamed on two mentally retarded women and strapped with remote-control explosives, who may have been used as unwitting suicide bombers.
The coordinated blasts, coming 20 minutes apart in different parts of the city, appear to reinforce U.S. claims that al-Qaida in Iraq may be increasingly desperate and running short of able-bodied men willing or available for such missions.
Iraq's chief military spokesman in Baghdad says the women had Down syndrome and may not have known they were on suicide missions.
At least 46 people were killed when the first bomb detonated at the home of a weekly pet bazaar. Police say as many as 27 people died in the second attack when the second female suicide bomber was blown apart in southeastern Baghdad.