At least 26 people were killed across Iraq today in a series of car-bomb attacks.
The deadliest was in Taji, where three exploded within minutes of each other, killing eight and wounding 28.
One person was killed shortly afterwards in Baghdad's Shula area when another car bomb detonated.
And in Kut, 100 miles south-east of Baghdad, a minibus driver killed three police officers when he blew up his car at a checkpoint.
Terrorists also struck Kirkuk, where a policeman died while trying to defuse a parked car bomb.
Five people were killed in attacks on Madain, Khan Bani and Balad Ruz. A second Baghdad bomb killed one and a roadside bomb in Tarmiyah killed two.
The attacks were concentrated in Shi'ite areas and are thought to be the work of al-Qaida, which established itself in Iraq after the US-British invasion in 2003.
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