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Iraqi officials say a bomb explosion killed at least seven people in the southern city of Basra Monday, a day when a wave of shootings and bombings across the country had already claimed at least 69 lives.
Investigators say the blast in a market in Basra also wounded at least 18 people.
It occurred shortly after the deadliest attacks of the day took place in Hilla, a city about 95 kilometers south of Baghdad. Hospital officials say at least 38 people were killed and 135 wounded in a series of blasts outside of a textile factory.
Authorities say a suicide bomber detonated explosives near the factory shortly after rescuers and workers had gathered to treat victims of two car bombings at the site.
Earlier Monday, 13 people were killed and 70 others wounded in a double bombing in the town of Suwayra, located about 50 kilometers south of Baghdad.
In the capital, gunmen killed seven Iraqi soldiers and policemen in attacks on six checkpoints.
In separate incidents, two people were killed in two separate bombings that targeted police officers south of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, a car bomb in Tarmiya, located north of the capital, killed three people and injured 16 others.
In the western city of Fallujah, four bombs were detonated outside of the homes of police officers, leaving four people dead and several others wounded.
Also, in the northeastern city of Mosul, two Kurdish soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a checkpoint manned by Iraqi and Kurdish forces.