Explosions rock Baghdad, killing dozens

An Iraqi soldier walks past debris at the scene of two car bombs in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk on April 19, 2012.

Story highlights

  • At least 31 are killed in Iraq's capital
  • The blasts follow a month that had a record low number of violent deaths

A series of explosions rocked Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 31 people and leaving more than 50 others injured, Iraq's interior ministry said.

In a separate incident in Kirkuk, two car bombs exploded, killing four people and injuring 23 others, including six police officers.

The violence may continue a pattern of outbreaks following lulls.

March had the lowest monthly death toll since the U.S-led invasion in 2003, officials said earlier this month.

According to interior ministry figures, 112 people died violently in March: 78 civilians, 12 Iraqi soldiers and 22 police officers.

Until then, the lowest monthly death toll was in November 2009, when the country recorded 122 deaths.

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Figures have fluctuated in Iraq month to month, with lulls in violence followed immediately by an uptick.

In March, Iraq hosted an Arab League summit, a gathering that signaled the political emergence of post-war democratic Iraq.

Security forces blanketed the capital in unprecedented security, and the gathering was a test of Iraq's ability to provide critical organization and security in the country where deadly violence remains a weekly norm.

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