A series of coordinated bombings shattered Shiite neighborhoods and struck at Iraqi security forces Sunday, killing at least 26 in attacks that one official described as a rallying call by al-Qaeda just days after dozens of militants escaped from prison. Police said the wave of explosions stretched from the restive, oil-rich city of Kirkuk in the north to the southern Shiite town of Kut, wounding at least 94 people.
Sept. 30, 2012 Residents run for cover as a bomb goes off during an attack in Baghdad. At around 7:15 a.m. in Baghdad, police said a suicide bomber set off his explosives-packed car in the northwest Shiite neighborhood of Shula, killing one person and wounding seven. The chain reaction of blasts continued in other Shiite areas of Iraq throughout the morning, petering off at around noon. Also in Baghdad, a double car bomb struck the mostly Shiite neighborhood of Karradah. The first explosion came as a security patrol passed, killing a police officer and a bystander, and wounding eight other people. As emergency responders rushed to the scene, the second car blew up, killing three passers-by and injuring 12, according to officials. Saad Shalash/Reuters Buy Photo