BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has been hit by a series of bombings today that have targeted shoppers, security forces and a militia group.
Officials say at least 13 people have been killed.
The deadliest attack took place in a town (Suwayrah) 25 miles south of Baghdad, where a car bomb ripped through a commercial area, killing five civilians and wounding 14.
A suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint in the town of Samarra, 60 miles north of the capital, killing three officers. That blast wounded four officers and five civilians.
A roadside bomb struck a patrol of a pro-government, anti-al-Qaida Sunni militia, killing three and wounding seven in (Tarmiyah) a Sunni town and former insurgent stronghold about 30 miles north of Baghdad.
And police in the capital say a bomb also went off in Baghdad's Palestine Street, killing two civilians and wounding eight.
The attacks bring the total death toll so far this month to 422, according to an Associated Press count.