BAGHDAD (AP) -- Insurgents in Iraq have shattered weeks of calm with a series of blasts today that killed at least 30 Iraqis.
Officials say extremists launched 12 attacks in the capital Baghdad and several other cities including Kirkuk, Samarra and Baqouba. Additionally, mortars were fired into the northern cities of Beiji and Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, but no injuries were reported there.
Nearly 100 people were wounded in the rapid-fire explosions that unfolded over an hour and 15 minutes.
Half of the bombs struck at security forces and government officials. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Baghdad military command spokesman said they resembled those carried out by al-Qaida.