Iraqi officials say bombings in Baghdad and northern Iraq have killed at least 48 people and wounded more than 250.
Two truck bombs ripped through a village near the northern city of
Mosul Monday, killing at least 28 people and wounding about 150.
Officials say the bombs destroyed about 35 houses in Khazna, about 20
kilometers east of Mosul. The town is home to minority Turkomen and
Shabak (a cultural and ethnic minority with links to both Kurds and Arabs).
Mosul is considered a stronghold of Sunni insurgents, and militants there have carried out numerous attacks.
Police in Baghdad say multiple bombings in the capital killed at least
20 people and wounded 100 Monday. Sixteen people were killed in the
deadliest attack -- two bomb blasts that targeted day laborers as they
gathered to find work in predominantly Shi'ite sections of the capital.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemed the attacks and told defense
officials they must keep up the fight against the insurgents.
Violence in Iraq has dropped sharply during the past year, but a recent series of deadly attacks points to a continued threat.