A spate of dozens car bombs during morning rush hour across Iraq on Monday killed 19 people and wounded dozens others.
AFP quoted officials as saying that “vehicles packed with explosives were detonated in the northern disputed cities of Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, the central city of Samarra, and the cities of Hilla and Nasiriyah south of Baghdad.
In all, at least 19 people were killed and almost 200 wounded, according to security and medical officials.
The Deadliest attacks were in Baghdad, where six car bombs struck in five Neighborhoods across the capital despite Tougher checkpoint searches and heightened security. Eight people were killed and 48 wounded in the capital, security and medical officials said, and an AFP journalist reported that officials in a tow truck were checking for suspicious vehicles in central Baghdad in the wake of the violence.
In Tuz, which lies 175 kilometers (110 miles) from Baghdad, three car bombs struck in the center and east of the town minutes apart from around 8:00 am
(0500 GMT), killing six and wounding 60, according to a provincial council member and a doctor.
And in Kirkuk, four people were killed and 19 wounded by another trio of car bombs, provincial health chief Sadiq Omar Rasul said. Explosions elsewhere in Iraq killed one person and wounded 64 people.
The explosions elsewhere in Iraq killed one person and wounded 58.