Continuing Sectarian Killing Spree In Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) – Authorities said at least 86 bodies were found in the Iraqi capital during a 30-hour period ending midday Tuesday, sparking fears that sectarian reprisal killings are continuing at a grisly pace.

With Iraq’s newly elected parliament set to meet Thursday, officials announced a vehicle curfew. Authorities will stop any car or truck in Baghdad between 8 p.m. (noon ET) Wednesday and 4 p.m. (8 a.m.) Thursday.

Police found 29 bodies on the eastern side of the capital in a Shiite neighborhood. (Watch for details on how they died and where the bodies turned up – 1:01)

Fifteen bodies also were found Tuesday morning in a truck in a Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad, police said. The victims, all males between the ages of 25 and 40, authorities said.

Another two bodies were discovered in southern Baghdad.

Police counted the recovery of 40 bodies during the 24 hours that ended at 6 a.m. Tuesday (10 p.m. ET).

“The indications are, police won’t say this, but the indications are that these are sectarian killings,” CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson said. "… You talk to some people here in Baghdad and they talk in their neighborhoods, mixed neighborhoods, of tit-for-tat killings. Sunni one day, Shia the next day…

“That’s the perception in the city at the moment.”

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At least it’s not a civil war…