Officials from the Baghdad operations command said the attacks were an attempt to convince the Iraqi people that the country was still insecure.
Speaking to the state-owned Iraqiya TV, Colonel Dhiya al-Wakeel, a spokesman for the command, said:
"Our forces are capable of confronting such challenges and this will not effect the improvement in the security situation or our security plans."
A policeman who was wounded in the face and chest after a car bomb attack in Iraq, has described what happened.
He told Reuters:
"I was trying to stop traffic to let a police patrol pass. When it passed, a car bomb exploded and I fell on the ground and police took me to the hospital."
More than 20 bombs hit cities and towns across Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 36 and wounding more than 100, police and hospital sources have said,
In Baghdad, three car bombs, two roadside bombs and one suicide car bomb hit mainly Shi'ite areas in what looked like coordinated attacks, killing 15 people and wounding 61, the sources said.
Two car bombs and three roadside bombs aimed at police and army patrols in the northern oil city of Kirkuk killed eight and wounded 26 people.
At least 24 people have been killed in a series of blasts in northern cities in Iraq.
Explosions were reported in the capital Baghdad, and include the cities of Baquba, Kirkuk and Samarra and others.
This video footage show the aftermath of the biggest attack took place in the northern oil city of Kirkuk.
At least 24 people were killed and dozens wounded when more than 10 car and roadside bombs, mostly targeting security forces, exploded around Iraq on Thursday, police and hospital sources have said.
There were attacks in the capital Baghdad as well as the cities of Baquba, Kirkuk, and Samarra.
The biggest attack took place in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, where two car bombs aimed at city centre police patrol killed four people and wounded 24.
These images show the aftermath of two car bomb attacks in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday morning.
At least 15 people have been killed in a series of blasts in four northern cities, including seven people killed in the capital Baghdad.
Six explosions hit four northern Iraqi cities on today, killing at least eight people and wounding 32 others, police and hospital sources have said.
Two car bombs went off in central Kirkuk, another two rocked Samarra, a roadside bomb exploded in Taji and a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Baquba, the sources said.
The sources added that security forces appeared to have been the targets.
Seven people have also been killed following a series of explosions in the capital Baghdad.
At least eight people have been killed and 32 others wounded in explosions in the Iraqi cities of Baquba, Kirkuk, and Samarra, police and hospital sources have told Reuters.
At least five explosions rocked mainly Shi'ite Muslim areas in an apparent coordinated attack on Iraq's capital Baghdad, early on Thursday, police sources have told Reuters.
They said at least four people had been killed and 20 others wounded.
A series of explosions has hit Iraq's capital Baghdad. Police say the number of casualties is unknown.
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