A most dealy day in Iraq with 66 dead and over 238 wounded in attacks across the country. In the deadliest incident, two bombing attacks in the central Iraqi city of Kut killed at least 33 people Monday. Over 100 people were wounded.
According to AFP, an explosives-packed car and a roadside bomb detonated minutes apart at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) in the centre of Kut, medical and security officials said. A security official in the city conveyed the blasts took place in a crowded area in the centre of the city, 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of the capital.
In the central Iraqi city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, four troops were killed by gunmen using silenced weapons targeting an Iraqi army checkpoint early Monday, according to an official in the provincial security command centre said.
Two other bomb blasts in Baquba injured 14 people, the official said. In Tikrit, also north of the capital, three policemen were killed and seven others hurt when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives vests inside an anti-terror bureau in the city, an official in Salaheddin provincial operations command said. The attacks occurred at 7:00 am (0400 GMT).
Another civilian was killed and 14 others were injured by separate blasts in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, police and a doctor at the city’s hospital said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.
The attacks come after Iraqi leaders said on August 3 they would hold talks with the US over a security training mission to last beyond 2011, when all 47,000 American soldiers must withdraw under the terms of a 2008 bilateral security pact,AFP reported.