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File photo shows an Iraqi woman inspecting the ruins of a car after a bomb attack.
At least 48 people have been killed and over 110 others wounded in a wave of deadly attacks targeting both security guards and civilians across Iraq.

Security and medical officials said on Monday that a car bomb went off at a car dealership, north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, claiming the lives of at least 11 people and wounding around 40 others.

According to an interior ministry official, another car bombing left one person dead and wounded at least four others.

Meanwhile, a senior police official reported that armed assailants attacked a police checkpoint on a highway in Iraq’s northern city of Tikrit, killing at least five police and wounding five others.

Another roadside bomb targeting an army patrol also killed three soldiers in the village of al-Buslaibi, while another attack by armed men on military checkpoints in the northern city of Mosul killed another three soldiers.

Seven people were killed and 12 others wounded in a car bomb in Khaznah village near Mosul, while five people lost their lives and 26 others were hurt in explosions in the northern flashpoint town of Tuz Khurmatu, security and medical sources said.

Three roadside bombs went off near Baquba, north of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding four others in Baqouba, located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Baghdad. A shooting in the same city also killed two people.

Police sources further reported that a sticky bomb killed two Kurds in Baladruz, while armed assailants injured three Kurds in Jalawla in separate attacks in Diyala province.

A salvo of 10 mortar rounds killed two people and wounded nine others in the town of Rutba in Anbar Province.

Also on Monday, a car bomb near the town of Dujail, situated about 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Baghdad, killed one Iraqi civilian and wounded at least 10 Iranian pilgrims.

According to police sources, a car bombing in Khaldiya, west of Baghdad, killed two civilians and two police forces, and hurt seven other people.

Reports further said that a roadside bomb on a police patrol in Madain, south of Baghdad, wounded three police and two civilians, while an attack by gunmen on a military checkpoint in the city of Kirkuk killed one person.

Monday marked the deadliest day in Iraq since November 29, when at least 50 people lost their lives in a string of attacks across the country.




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