BBC NEWS (UK), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), REUTERS, AP
BAGHDAD – A wave of coordinated attacks Monday in Baghdad, Kirkuk, and other towns has left dozens killed and hundreds of injured across Iraq.
The exact number of people killed in the bombings is still unclear, with Al Jazeera reporting at least 19 casualties and AP saying that as many as 27 people had lost their lives. Up to 200 are said to have been injured in the series of attacks across the country.
A total of 14 car bombs and three roadside bombs struck seven cities; although no one immediately claimed responsibility, AP notes that coordinated attacks are a favorite tactic of al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch.
Two people were killed by car bombs that exploded at a heavily guarded Baghdad airport checkpoint, police sources told Reuters.
Attacks were also reported in Tuz Khormato and Kirkuk in the north and Nasiriyah in the south, BBC News reports, adding that three car bombs went off minutes apart in Tuz Khormato. Three roadside bombs also hit Baquba, north of the capital, while bombings were reported in Hillah, Samarra and Tikrit.