Bomb blasts in Baghdad Wednesday killed at least 21 people, as violence in Iraq showed no sign of abating.
Police say two car bombs went off in the capital, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 40 others. A separate blast near a bus station in Baghdad killed eight people and wounded at least 28 others.
Health officials said nearly 35-hundred Iraqis died last month in violence nationwide, the highest toll for civilians since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.
In other violence Wednesday, armed gangs attacked the governor's office in Basra, and police say they arrested five of the gunmen. North of Baghdad, in Mosul, insurgents fought Iraqi police. Police said they killed five insurgents and arrested six.
A VOA reporter said the Mujahadeen Shura Council, an umbrella group including al-Qaida in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the Mosul attack.