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Dozens Killed In Wave Of Attacks Across Iraq
An apparently coordinated wave of bomb and gun attacks has killed up to 34 people and wounded more than 100 across Iraq.
The series of attacks were carried out across six provinces. Security officials said the terror had the hallmarks of al Qaeda.
Reports on the number of bombings varied, with Agence France-Presse reporting up to 29 separate blasts and other reports putting the number at 10.
Sky News has not been able to independently verify the number of explosions.
According to AFP, six bombings in and around Baghdad alone killed at least 17 people and wounded 63.
The attacks across the country included car bombs, suicide bombs, roadside bombs, and several gun attacks.
Police, government officials, soldiers and family homes were among the targets.
Baghdad military command spokesman Colonel Dhia al-Wakeel said the attacks resembled those carried out by al Qaeda.
"They want to send a message that they can target the stability that has been achieved recently," Col al-Wakeel said. "This will not discourage our security forces."
Violence in Iraq has fallen sharply from its peak in 2006 and 2007 but attacks still continue across the country. Last month 112 Iraqis were killed, government figures showed.