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.
In the northern city of Kirkuk, a car bomb exploded near a police headquarters, killing 13 and wounding 30. […]
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.
Blasts also occurred in Baiji, Samarra, Tuz Khurmato, Daquq and Dhuluiya, all north of Baghdad, and Hilla and Latifiya in the south.
Police in the northeastern city of Baquba said they had found and defused eight bombs
Another car bomb in Ramadi, capital of western Anbar province, killed two people and wounded 11, according to local police and medical officials.
A separate gun and bomb attack took place in the Salaheddin province, killing two people. […]