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BAGHDAD - A spate of attacks in Baghdad and north of the capital killed at least 37 people on Monday, security and medical officials said, in an updated toll of earlier attacks.
At least 74 people were wounded in the shootings and bombings, totalling at least nine separate attacks, some of which involved coordinated explosions, shattering a relative calm in recent weeks.
The deadliest attacks struck a military base near the town of Dhuluiyah and the town of Taji, with both attacks killing seven people each, officials said.
Bombings and shootings also hit Baghdad, as well as Saadiyah, Khan Beni Saad, Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and Dibis, all of which are north of the capital.
A series of car bombs targeting army and police patrols in Kirkuk and the eponymous province's towns of Tuz Khurmatu and Dibis killed at least five people and wounded 20 others.
Gunmen also attacked army and police checkpoints in Saadiyah and Khan Beni Saad, in restive Diyala province, killing two soldiers and a policeman and wounding four other members of the security forces, officials said.
Two other people were killed by a car bomb in the north Baghdad neighbourhood of Husseiniyah, according to security and medical officials.