Bomb Attacks in Iraqi Cities Kill 50+

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At least seven bombs exploded in cities across Iraq's Diyala province Monday morning, killing 10 people and injuring more than 50. Those attacks followed bombings in three other cities that killed 38 people as many Iraqis observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In Kut, a city about 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, terrorists detonated the first of two bombs that had been place in a cooler housing cold drinks. As rescuers arrived, a second bomb blew a parked car apart.

Thirty-four people were killed, senior medical officer Diaa al-Aboudi, The Associated Press reported.

Almost simultaneously, a suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in front a police station in the city of Najaf, AP reported.

Four people -- two policemen and two civilians -- were killed and 32 were injured.

Monday's bombings came hours after terrorists detonated four bombs near a Syrian Orthodox Church in Kirkuk Sunday night. The bombs damaged the building, but no one was injured in the attack.

On July 5, a bomb attack in Taji, north of Baghdad, killed 37 Iraqis.

The last U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Iraq at the end of the year.


AP contributed to this report.

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