A barrage of deadly attacks struck across Iraq Monday, killing at least 75 people and wounding more than 250 others, Iraqi officials said.
Twenty bombings and shooting incidents were reported. Some struck police and security forces, though a great many targeted civilians.
Casualty reports from police, Interior Ministry officials, and health officials put the number of wounded at 252 by early evening.
"Once again, murderers and criminals have carried out attacks against innocent civilians to add a new page to their black criminal record," Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement.
He called on security forces to "not let the killers catch their breath," and pursue them "until they finish them."
It was the worst wave of violence to strike the country in months, taking place on the halfway mark of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"Today's attacks are eerily similar to the stream of large scale, complex attacks that occurred here last year during Ramadan on Aug. 25," said Maj. Angela Funaro, spokeswoman for United States Forces-Iraq.FULL STORY