BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say at least 35 people have been killed in a wave of bombings today, mainly in Shiite commercial areas in and near the capital.
In the deadliest of the attacks, a bomb hidden in a Baghdad cafe killed six people and wounded 16.
Violence has surged in Iraq in recent months as insurgents seek to thwart the Shiite-led government's efforts to stabilize the country.
Today's attacks bring the death toll across the country this month to 244, according to an Associated Press count.
The surge of violence followed a deadly security raid on a Sunni protest camp in the country's north in April. Since then, more than 5,500 people have been killed in attacks by insurgents in Iraq, according to the United Nations.
APPHOTO XKK107: People inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Karrada neighborhood, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. A wave of attacks, mostly by car bombs, hit mainly Shiite and commercial areas of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, killing and wounding civilians officials said. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim) (20 Nov 2013)
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