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47 killed in surge of attacks in Iraq


At least 47 people have died and 160 are wounded after a spate of attacks on Monday in ten cities around Iraq, just months ahead of the projected date for a pullout of US forces. 


The attacks have left many wondering whether Iraqi security forces will be able to cope when the Americans leave at the end of this year.

Iraqi leaders recently agreed to open talks with Washington about a military training mission to last beyond the scheduled date for a US withdrawal.

In Monday's deadliest attack, a roadside bomb in the centre of Kut at eight o'clock in the morning local time, was followed minutes later by a nearby car bomb, according to medical and security officials, 34 people were killed in the 2 blasts.

In Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, three policemen were killed and seven others were wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside the city's anti-terror headquarters.

A security official said the deputy anti-terror chief of Salaheddin province was among those killed.

Meanwhile in Baquba, north of the capital, four soldiers were shot dead at an Iraqi army checkpoint, according to an official in the provincial security command centre.

Two car bombs also killed two people and wounded 20 others in the holy Shiite city of Najaf in southern Iraq, according to a doctor and the provincial police chief.

A car bomb east of Karbala killed two and wounded nine others, according to the provincial council chief.

Separate explosions in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk killed one and wounded 14, while two blasts in the western city of Ramadi left one dead and injured seven others.



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