At least 50 people were killed in Iraq on Thursday following a series of attacks across the country, the Associated Press reported.
The attacks mainly targeted security forces in a series of apparently coordinated bombings and shootings over four hours in Baghdad and 11 other cities. The attacks struck government offices, restaurants, and in one case, near a primary school. At least 225 people were wounded, the AP said.
Large-scale attacks have been launched by insurgents every few weeks since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in mid-December. No group has claimed responsibility, but targeting security officials is a hallmark of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
An anonymous Iraqi security official told the AP that he feared the attacks were an attempt to disrupt the planned Arab League summit scheduled for next month. Security fears were the reason the summit was canceled in Baghdad last year.