The toll for a triple bombing in Iraq's southern city of Basra has risen to 30, a morgue official said, bringing the number of people killed in the country to 114 over the past two days (Reuters).
The worst of Monday's violence hit the Shiite city of Hillah, capital of Babil province 60 miles south of Baghdad, where two car bombs were lured onlookers and rescuers to the scene before a suicide bomber blew himself up in their midst. A total of 45 people were killed in the triple blasts (Reuters).
Women comfort one another during the funeral of one of Monday's bomb attack victims in Najaf, just south of Baghdad (Reuters).
Officials were quick to blame insurgents linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq for the shootings in the capital, saying the militants were redoubling efforts to destabilize the country at a time of political uncertainty over who will control the next government (AP).
Residents remove the remains of a car bomb from the site of the bomb attack in Hilla, Iraq (Reuters).
An Iraqi man walks through rubble at the site of a bombing that targeted police in Fallujah, Iraq (AP).
People are seen investigating the wreckage left behind by a series of bombings that ripped through the city of Basra (Reuters).
Police said the southern city of Basra was hot with three bombings, which were the latest in a series of attacks killing nearly 100 across Iraq, the deadliest day this year (AP).
In Basra, Iraq's second largest city, three bombs exploded in the city, including one that targeted a marketplace. Basra has been relatively quiet since Shiite militias were routed in 2008 by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces (Reuters).
A man grieves as the coffin of a relative killed in a bombing is taken for burial in the Shiite city of Najaf (AP).
A relentless cascade of bombings and shootings -- hitting at least 10 cities and towns as the day unfolded -- raised questions about whether Iraqi security forces can protect the country as the U.S. prepares to withdraw half of its remaining 92,000 troops in Iraq over the next four months. WARNING: Some images may be graphic.