Iraq hit by deadly blasts

Multiple explosions across Iraq have left a number of people dead.

Attacks will 'not effect' security plans

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."

Policeman describes Iraq bomb attack

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."

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At least 36 killed in wave of Iraq blasts

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 killed in deadly Iraq blasts

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.

Scene of car bomb attack in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

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.

Security forces at the scene of car bomb in central Kirkuk
Security forces examine the scene after two car bombs exploded in central Kirkuk Credit: APTN
Vehicle gutted by explosion in Iraqi city of Kirkuk, 19 April 2012
Vehicle gutted by explosion in Iraqi city of Kirkuk Credit: APTN

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Blasts hit four cities in northern Iraq

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.