40 people were killed and 75 injured on Tuesday in several bomb attacks across Iraq, a provincial council official said.
The first blast occurred in early Tuesday as a suicide car bomb in a crowded market in the city of Diwaniya (south) left at least 25 dead and 40 wounded, an official of the provincial council conveyed. The police imposed a curfew and closed access to the city.
According to AFP news, the attack occurred near a Shiite mosque where pilgrims gathered before heading to Karbala which will host the anniversary celebrations of the birth of Imam Al-Mahdi this week.
The second bomb rocked the site of the first explosion as police forces and people were trying to transfer the injured to the hospital.
Meanwhile, four people were killed and 21 others injured in the explosion of two bombs planted on the roadside near the town of Karbala, a Shiite holy city.
A medical official in Karbala, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the toll at four dead and 33 wounded.
Hours earlier, two bombs exploded in the Sunni city of Taji, killing three people and wounding 15.
In the meantime, three people, including a policeman, lost their lives in gunfire as well as a roadside bomb blast in Baghdad and a nearby town.
At least 200 people were killed in June across Iraq, with June 13 marking the deadliest day of the month when a series of attacks by al-Qaida killed more than 70 people throughout the country, Press TV news reported.
Violence has increased in Iraq where Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds struggle to overcome their political differences since the withdrawal of U.S. forces in December 2011.