Attacks targeting Iraqi security forces and Shiite areas leave scores dead

A picture shows damage after a bomb blast in Nasiriya, 305 km (190 miles) south of Baghdad on Sunday.

Story highlights

  • U.S. Embassy condemns "heinous," "terrorist attacks" targeting "innocent" people
  • At least 79 are killed and about 270 are wounded Sunday, officials say
  • 33 die in car bombings targeting public places around Baghdad
  • In Falluja and Abu Ghraib, gunmen shoot soldiers to death
At least 79 people were killed and roughly 270 others wounded Sunday in a fresh wave of violence largely targeting Iraqi security forces and predominantly Shiite areas, government officials said.
The blasts and shootings across Iraq come on the heels of a particularly brutal few recent weeks in the Middle Eastern nation. More than 70 Iraqi security force members, for instance, were killed last month, according to the Interior Ministry.
"I strongly condemn the heinous attacks and the senseless violence that, once again, have claimed dozens of lives," the United Nations' special representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said in a statement Sunday.
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad also released a statement late Sunday condemning what it called "terrorist attacks that targeted innocent men, women and children across Iraq today," calling them "heinous acts (that) targeted Iraqi communities indiscriminately."
Few parts of Iraq were immune to violence Sunday. Here is a breakdown, according to officials with the Iraqi Interior Ministry:
Baghdad
A car bomb exploded in an outdoor market in the Nahrawan district in southeastern Baghdad, killing one civilian Sunday evening.
In the al-Shulaa neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, a car bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant, killing five people and wounding 38 others.
Iraqis on Sunday inspect the site of a blast about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from the northern city of Kirkuk.
In the al-Washash neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, a car bomb exploded at the entrance of an outdoor market, killing seven people and wounding 21 others.
A car bomb exploded in an outdoor market in the al-Hurriya neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 14 others.
And in Sadr City, a largely poor and predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, at least 13 died and 43 were wounded after a car bomb exploded outside a popular coffee shop in Al-Falah Square. Earlier, officials reported two dead in this blast.
Four were killed by yet another car bombing in a busy square in another predominantly Shiite neighborhood, this one in the southeastern part of the Iraqi capital.
Amara
Two car bombs exploded in central Amara, killing two people and wounding 10 others, according to two officials with the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
The attacks took place on a busy commercial street, the officials said.
Kirkuk
A car bomb targeting a police recruitment center killed eight people and wounded 36 others, officials said.
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