At least thirty-one people have been killed and dozens more injured in a series of terrorist attacks across Iraq.

A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said eight people were killed and 22 others wounded on Sunday, when coordinated car bombings struck an outdoor market in the southern city of Hillah, situated 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

Five people also lost their lives and 14 others sustained injuries when two cars loaded with explosives went off in a commercial area in the city of Suwayrah, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Baghdad.

Two other car bombs exploded simultaneously in the city of Kut, situated 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 16 others.

Also on Sunday, four people were killed and 13 others were wounded when two car bombs ripped through the city of Samawah, situated 370 kilometers (230 miles) southeast of Baghdad.

Two other car bombs killed three people and wounded 13 in the city of Diwaniyah, located 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad.

In the northern city of Samarra, two people were killed and 15 others were wounded when a bomb targeted a gathering of mourners.

Five other people were killed and 34 were wounded in separate attacks in the southern city of Basra, located about 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, and the central towns of Mahmoudiyah and al-Madain.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but such bombings bear the hallmarks of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq, which seek to destabilize the central government.

According to the United Nations, almost 1,000 people were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in violence in Iraq in September, making it one of the deadliest months in recent years.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Arab country into chaos.

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