Car bombs take Iraq toll to 780 in July


Car bombs targeting mainly Shiite-majority areas of Iraq killed at least 48 people Monday, security and medical officials said, taking the July death toll to more than 780.

More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence since the beginning of the year, according to figures based on security and medical sources -a surge in unrest that the Iraqi government has so far failed to stem.

On Monday, 11 car bombs hit nine different areas of the capital, seven of them Shiite-majority, while another exploded in Mahmudiyah to the south of Baghdad. Two more car bombs exploded in Kut, while two hit Samawa and another detonated in Basra, all south of Baghdad.

The attacks wounded at least 226 people.

The Monday violence came a day after attacks killed 14 people, among them nine Kurdish police who died in a suicide bombing in the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu.