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Across Iraq, String Of Suicide Car Bombings Kill Dozens, Injure Hundreds

The collapsed buildings at the scene of a car bombing in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. Ali Al-Alak/AFP hide caption

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As we reported earlier, a wave of car bombings has killed more than 40 people in Iraq. According to NPR's Mike Shuster, the worst of the attacks were in Baghdad and Kut.

A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb behind a police station in Iraq's capital, in the Qahira district, killing at least 15 civilians and police officers.

"The blast flattened the building and other houses nearby, spread rubble in the street and shattered glass more than half a mile away," The New York Times reports.

Elsewhere in the city, insurgents detonated at least three other bombs.

Reports say more than 15 people were killed in Kut, which is south of Baghdad, in a blast apparently aimed at the local government council building.

According to the BBC, there were also attacks in Kirkuk, Falluja, Tikrit, Basra, Ramadi, and Karbala.

It was the worst one-day string of bombings in several months, Shuster reports.

According to Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, foreign correspondents for The Times, "the explosions appeared designed to undermine public confidence in the Iraqi security forces and to exploit political uncertainty surrounding the failure of Iraq’s political parties to form a government nearly six months after the March 7 parliamentary elections."