A series of attacks in Iraq on Sunday left at least 42 people dead, continuing a recent a surge in violence that authorities have failed to stem despite wide-ranging operations targeting militants.
Blasts struck a variety of neighbourhoods across Baghdad and in predominantly Sunni Arab towns and cities to the north. A series of bombings — two car bombs and a roadside bomb — went off between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm in the capital and its outskirts, killing nine people and wounding 22 others, officials said. Among those confirmed dead in the day of violence was an eight-year-old girl.
One of the worst assaults took place near the northern city of Mosul, where police say militants set up a fake security checkpoint, captured five soldiers and shot them dead.