• Car bombs kill 48 in Iraq

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    BAGHDAD: Car bombs mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Iraq killed at least 48 people on Monday, security and medical officials said, taking the July death toll to more than 780.

    On Monday, 11 car bombs hit nine different areas of Baghdad, seven of them Shiite-majority, while another exploded in Mahmudiyah to the south of the capital.

    Two more car bombs exploded in Kut, while two hit Samawa and another detonated in Basra, all south of Baghdad.

    The attacks wounded at least 226 people.

    The Monday violence came a day after attacks killed 14 people, among them nine Kurdish police who died in a suicide bombing in the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu.

    Militants have carried out two highly-coordinated operations in recent days, highlighting both their growing reach and the rapidly declining security situation.

    AFP

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