Baghdad - A wave of more than 25 attacks across Iraq killed 71 people
and wounded more than 350 on Saturday and Sunday, security and medical
sources said, with the security forces and markets among the targets.
The latest violence brings the number of people killed already this month to 101, according to an AFP tally.
insurgents opposed to the Baghdad government are regarded as weaker
than in past years, they are still capable of launching periodic
mass-casualty attacks across the country.
The latest attacks came
as Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a leading Sunni, was
sentenced in absentia on Sunday to hang for murder, though the carnage
started hours the sentence was handed down.
In the deadliest
attack, two car bombs exploded in a market on Sunday near the Imam Ali
al-Sharqi shrine in southern Iraq, a security official said.
Dr Ali al-Alaa, a Maysan province health department official, said the blasts killed 14 people and wounded 60.
midnight on Saturday, gunmen assaulted an army checkpoint near Balad
north of Baghdad and a roadside bomb exploded when additional soldiers
arrived at the scene.
Eleven soldiers, including two officers,
were killed and eight wounded, an army colonel and a medical source at
Balad hospital said.
A police captain was also shot dead on Saturday night in the town of Garma, security and medical officials said.
Bombs in all areas
on Sunday, a car bomb exploded in a car park at the state-owned North
Oil Company in Kirkuk in north Iraq, after which two other bombings in
the city killed 10 people and wounded 153, said Sadiq Omar Rasul, head
of the Kirkuk health directorate.
The two bombings in Kirkuk left
body parts strewn in the streets, destroyed cars and damaged government
buildings, an AFP correspondent said.
West of Kirkuk, a car bomb
seriously wounded six soldiers, army Captain Taha Khalaf said, while
another in Hawija, also west of the city, wounded two people, security
and medical sources said.
Volatile, oil-rich Kirkuk province is
part of a swathe of disputed territory in northern Iraq that the
autonomous Kurdistan region wants to incorporate over opposition from
Three car bombs exploded in predominantly Shi'ite areas of the Iraqi capital on Sunday night.
car bomb hit a market in the Washash area of west Baghdad, killing at
least seven people and wounding at least 21, an interior ministry
official and a medical official said.
An AFP journalist heard a loud explosion, and saw flames and a column of smoke rise from the site of the blast.
car bomb killed at least five people and wounded 22 near a restaurant
in Shuala, while a third exploded in a commercial area of Hurriyah,
killing three people and wounding 14, both in north Baghdad, the
official and a medic said.
Three soldiers were killed in clashes
with insurgents in the Abu Ghraib area, west of Baghdad, an interior
ministry official and a medical source from Abu Ghraib hospital said.
three car bombs in Taji, north of the capital, killed one person and
wounded at least seven, while five roadside bombs exploded in and around
Baquba, killing a soldier and wounding 17 people, security and medical
In the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah,
west of the capital, a sniper shot dead a soldier, the military and a
In Nasiriyah, south of Baghdad, a bomb exploded near a
French honorary consulate, causing material damage and wounding an
unspecified number of people, a French diplomat said.
The city's website put the toll from the bombing at one dead and one wounded.
car bomb also exploded outside a Nasiriyah hotel, killing two people
and wounding two, local hospital head Ahmed Abdul Saheb and a security
Attacks in Tuz Khurmatu, north of Baghdad, killed
four people, including a police captain, and wounded 31, the local mayor
and police said.
In the southern port city of Basra, a car bomb
in a market killed three people and wounded at least 20, police and a
medical official said.
In Tal Afar, northwest of Baghdad, a car bombing killed two people and wounded seven, police and a medic said.
Samarra, a city north of Baghdad, another car bomb killed two police,
including Colonel Thair Idris, and wounded two, a police lieutenant
colonel and a medical source said.
And a car bomb in Mosul wounded
seven civilians, while three police officers were wounded in another
car bombing west of the city.