Iraqi cities on maximum alert after attacks

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Iraqi security forces raised their alert to the maximum level on Monday (December 17th), following attacks in cities across Iraq on Sunday and Monday that resulted in the killing and wounding of almost 60 civilians and military personnel.

"The interior and defence ministries declared the security alert in anticipation of fresh attacks," Iraqi Ministry of Interior spokesperson Col. Hikmat Mahmoud al-Masari told Al-Shorfa.

"Terrorist attacks involving car bombs, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), armed attacks and mortars were carried out Monday in the provinces of Kirkuk, Salaheddine, Diyala, Ninawa, Baghdad, Anbar, and Babil," al-Masari said.

The Monday attacks targeted markets, houses of worship, residential neighbourhoods, government buildings, police stations and army patrols, he said.

AFP reported that 48 Iraqis, including nine security personnel, were killed and least 76 others, mostly civilians, were wounded.

Al-Masari accused al-Qaeda of being behind the attacks, which occurred one day after nine people were killed in attacks.

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