Wave of bombs rocks Iraq's cities
Bombs have ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities killing scores of people in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan.
The violence, in which at least 57 innocent people died, struck from the northern city of Kirkuk to Baghdad to the southern Shiite cities of Najaf, Kut and Karbala, and emphasised the persistent ability of insurgents to wreak havoc.
The blasts were coordinated to go off in the morning and included a combination of parked car bombs, roadside bombs and a suicide bomber driving a vehicle that rammed into a police station.
The worst violence came in the southern city of Kut, 100 miles from Baghdad, where twin explosions went off as building workers were gathered in a market selling generators and other appliances.
The head of the provincial security committee in Wasit province, Shamil Mansour, said 35 people were killed; another official put the number of injured at 64.
In Diyala province, seven bombs went off in the capital of Baquba and towns nearby. Five soldiers were killed in Baquba while six people were killed in other attacks around the province.
Just outside the holy city of Najaf, a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint outside a police building. Four people were killed and 32 injured; among the dead were two policemen and two civilians.
And outside Karbala, a parked car bomb targeting a police station killed three policemen and injured 14 others.
In the northern city of Tikrit two men wearing explosives belts drove into a heavily guarded government compound and killed three people
In the northern city of Kirkuk, a car bomb exploded next to a police patrol injuring four officers. Then about thirty minutes later one person was killed when a motorcycle with a bomb planted inside it exploded.