Car bombs and attacks on cities across Iraq killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 200, officials said.
The wave of attacks in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Nassiriya, Tuz Khurmato and other towns, came days before Iraqis vote in provincial elections.
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