Scores dead in string of Iraq blasts

A wave of car bombings and roadside blasts across several cities in Iraq have killed at least 46 people and wounded more than 180 people, police and hospital sources say. 

The attacks on Tuesday came just days before Baghdad is due to host an Arab League summit, the first meeting of the 22-nation body to be held in the Iraqi capital since Saddam Hussain’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

One of the deadliest attacks targeted the city of Karbala, where at least 13 people were killed, including five Iranian pilgrims, according to Hussein Shadhan al-Aboudi, a local provincial council member.

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In the northern city of Kirkuk, a car bomb exploded near a police headquarters, killing 13 and wounding 30.

“We have also received parts of bodies, but we do not know who they belong to,” said Mohammed Abdullah, a doctor at Kirkuk hospital.

While a bomb in a parked car detonated inside the garage of Kirkuk police department, another bomb went off in the same street.

Sources told Al Jazeera there had also been a suicide car bombing in the Allawi district of central Baghdad, killing three people. A group affiliated to al-Qaeda said it had targeted an office that will oversee security when the Iraqi capital hosts the Arab League summit next week.

“Death is approaching you, when you least expect it,” the Islamic State of Iraq said in a statement.

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