Attacks across Baghdad, Iraq provinces kill 48

QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Published:

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say attacks across Baghdad and several Iraqi provinces have killed 48 people and wounded more than 200 in an unrelenting wave of violence that mostly appeared to target security forces.

Thursday's attacks unfolded over a two-and-a-half-hour period, showing the extremists' continued ability to coordinate violence and sow chaos and fear through Iraq's communities.

Most of the deaths were in Baghdad but militants also struck 10 other cities, hitting security patrols, government offices, restaurants and a school.

The casualties were tallied by local security and hospital officials in the cities where the attacks occurred.

Nearly all spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release the information.