By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a string of morning attacks across Baghdad has killed at least 31 people. The officials say the bombings and shootings on Thursday mostly appeared to target police. The worst blast detonated in the Shiite neighborhood of Karradah during rush hour, shaking buildings and windows blocks away. Police said nine people were killed and 24 wounded in the explosion at the center of Baghdad's downtown shopping district near a security checkpoint.
Attacks in Baqouba, Kirkuk and in Salahuddin provinces were also reported. Iraq has been witnessing a surge in bombings following the American forces' withdrawal.