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60 killed in coordinated blasts across Iraq

August 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A wave of violence has swept Iraq, with bombs going off in more than a dozen cities on Monday.

The attacks happened across the Diyala Province. 60 people were killed, most of them in the southern city of Kut.

The coordinated blasts went off morning. They included a combination of parked car bombs and roadside bombs. A suicide bomber also drove a vehicle into a police station.

The bloodbath comes less than two weeks after Iraqi officials said they would be open to a small number of U.S. forces staying in the country past a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline.

The scope of the violence- seven explosions went off in different towns in Diyala province alone - emphasized that insurgents are still able to carry out attacks despite repeated crackdowns by Iraqi and U.S. forces.

Iraqis were furious at security officials and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Maliki's spokesman and the military spokesman did not answer telephone calls.

The wave of violence is the worst attack this year, shattering what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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