More than 70 people have been killed and over 200 wounded in a series of shootings and bombings in Iraq.
Twin car bombs and an attack against emergency workers killed more than 35 and injured about 140 in the town of Hillah, southeast of Baghdad.
Officials said two car bombs struck outside a textile factory in the city. A suicide bomber then blew himself up as emergency workers were rushing to the scene to help victims.
The attack was the deadliest of a series of bombings and gun attacks in and around Baghdad, as well as in the northern city of Mosul earlier in the day that left dozens more dead and injured.
In the city of Suwayrah, southeast of Baghdad, at least 11 people were killed and at least 40 wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a marketplace.
In the capital itself, officials said gunmen with automatic weapons attacked various police and army checkpoints at dawn, killing seven people.
Two other people died in a series of bomb attacks in south and west Baghdad.
There were also bomb attacks on several homes of security officials in an around Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in which four people were killed. Fallujah is located in Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland.
Security officials said that on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, at least two people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a checkpoint run by Kurdish security forces known as peshmerga, two of whom were killed.
compiled from agency reports