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At least 91 Iraqis were killed and 224 others were wounded Monday (July 23rd) in a series of attacks across the country, officials said.
Twenty-two attacks -- including suicide bombings, attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), car bombs and armed attacks -- occurred in at least 14 Iraqi cities, said Col. Hikmat Mahmoud al-Masari, director of media and communications for the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
Al-Masari told Al-Shorfa that the attacks, which primarily targeted military centres and police stations, took place simultaneously between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday morning.
He accused al-Qaeda of responsibility for the attacks, which are the bloodiest since 110 people were killed in a series of similar attacks in May 2010.
Security forces declared a state of emergency in cities where the strikes took place, al-Masari said, adding that they have began tracking down those involved.
Monday's biggest attack took place in Taji, north of Baghdad, where at least 42 people were killed and 40 others were wounded in a series of attacks involving an explosives vest, IEDs and a car bomb.
Eyewitnesses told AFP that a car bomb was parked on the roadside near citizens' houses and exploded as families left their houses trying to leave the area, killing a number of citizens, including women and children.
Gunmen also attacked a military base in Dhuluiya, north of Baghdad, killing at least 15 soldiers.
Meanwhile, in eastern Baghdad's Sadr City, at least 12 people were killed and 22 others were wounded in a car bomb blast.
In the Husayniah and Yarmouk areas of Baghdad, at least three people were killed and 24 others were wounded in explosions.
At least nine people were also wounded when a car bomb exploded in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad.
Eleven people were killed and 40 were wounded in a series of attacks in Baqubah, north of Baghdad, and in surrounding areas, where security centres and police and army patrols were targeted.
Meanwhile, in Kirkuk, Iraqi police said that seven people, including a number of policemen, were killed and 29 others were wounded in a series of attacks involving car bombs and IEDs targeting different areas across the province.
Monday's attacks took place a day after the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq called on "Muslim youth" to come to Iraq, declaring that the organisation has "begun returning" to areas it previously evacuated. The group also announced a new plan to kill judges and investigators.
In a video posted late on Saturday on a number of jihadist websites, including the extremist forum Hanein, al-Qaeda "emir" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said, "I call upon all Muslim men and young people all over the world and I strongly urge them to immigrate to us."