A coordinated onslaught of suicide bombs, parked car bombs and roadside bombs ripped through more than 12 Iraqi cities on Monday killing nearly 70 people in one of the country's deadliest days this year. The bloody campaign disrupted what was a relatively peaceful month of Ramadan and, according to Iraqi army commander Lt. Col. Hachem Neama Abbas, "is evidence that Al Qaeda is still effective." As new casualty tallies continue to stream in, here's what we know so far about the various bomb plots throughout the country:
Kirkuk In this northern city, four police officers were killed after a car bomb exploded near a police patrol, reports The Associated Press. "Then about thirty minutes later one person was killed when a motorcycle with a bomb planted inside it exploded," reports the news agency. "Late Sunday, four bombs also blew up near a Syrian Orthodox Church in Kirkuk. No one was injured in the attack but the walls of the church were damaged."
Baghdad A number of explosions rocked Bahgdad Monday, reports Mohammed Tawfeeq at CNN. "A suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi army base in Khan Bani Saad, north of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 21," ministry officials told the news network. "A string of explosions rocked Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding 29, the officials said. Among the attacks were two car bombings that targeted an Iraqi army patrol and an Education Ministry convoy, the said."