Connect to share and comment

Dozens killed in wave of attacks across Iraq

A series of attacks and blasts hit 11 cities in Iraq, largely targeting security forces.

Iraq attacks kirkuk 20120909Enlarge
Iraqis inspect the site of a blast in a car park at the rear gate of the the state-owned North Oil Company, about 9 miles from the northern city of Kirkuk, on September 9, 2012. A series of at least 10 attacks across Iraq, including a bombing at a state-owned oil company, killed more than 30 people and wounded over 80 others, security and medical officials said. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

A wave of attacks across Iraq today has left dozens of people dead, many of them soldiers and police.

Reuters news agency said at least 58 people had been killed in bombings and shootings in 11 cities, while the Associated Press put the death toll at 75 with more than 300 wounded.  

In the latest attack, a late-night car bomb killed 11 people outside a coffee shop in a Shiite stronghold in Baghdad, according to the AP.

In another attack, at a military post in Dujail, about 30 miles north of Baghdad, gunmen and a suicide bomber killed 11 soldiers and injured seven, Reuters reported.

A bomb killed at least seven police recruits in the northern city of Kirkuk, a flashpoint for violence, according to the AP. The men had been applying for security jobs with the Northern Oil Company.

More from GlobalPost: Syrian rocket fire kills little girl in Iraqi border town

A car bomb also exploded outside a French consulate and a hotel in Nasiriyah, a Shiite-dominated city in Iraq's south, killing a police guard and injuring four other guards.

Reuters said that in Amara, 185 miles south of Baghdad, car bombs killed at least 16 people near a Shiite shrine and a market place.

Smaller attacks took place in cities including Baghdad, Basra and Tal Afar, the AP said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. Much of the recent violence in Iraq has been blamed on Sunni insurgents with links to Al Qaeda, Reuters said.

On Friday, bombings in Kirkuk killed at least eight people and wounded scores more.

More from GlobalPost: Inside Syria: Life and death in Aleppo (PHOTOS)

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/iraq/120909/dozens-killed-attacks-across-iraq-targeting-security-forces