Insurgent attacks kill 30, wound dozens

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 4:33 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks against security forces and civilians in central and northern Iraq today have claimed at least 30 lives. Authorities say dozens of others were wounded.

The targets included Shiite mosques in Baghdad, along with a city in a disputed northern region that is at the center of competing claims by ethnic groups.

The conflicts are threatening the stability of Iraq after the final pullout of U.S. military forces nearly a year ago.

Car bombs went off near three mosques in Baghdad shortly after nightfall, killing 21 people.

In the north, police say three bombs in parked cars exploded simultaneously in the city of Kirkuk.

And gunmen in a northeastern province opened fire on a checkpoint manned by an anti-al-Qaida group.

No one has claimed responsibility for today's attacks, but car bombs, shootings and roadside devices are the hallmark of al-Qaida in Iraq.

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APPHOTO BAG107: Iraqis inspect the scene of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, Iraq,180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Three parked car bombs exploded Tuesday morning simultaneously in the city of Kirkuk, home to a combustible mix of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Turkomen who all claim rights to the city, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. (AP Photo/Emad Matti) (27 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO BAG106: People react at the scene of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Three parked car bombs exploded Tuesday morning simultaneously in the city of Kirkuk, home to a combustible mix of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Turkomen who all claim rights to the city, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. (AP Photo/Emad Matti) (27 Nov 2012)

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