The explosion of some 15 car bombs in Iraq caused the death Monday of 47 people while wounding more than 200 others.

If the last four months were the most deadly in five years, with more than 3,000 killed and 7,000 wounded, according to the U.N. mission in Baghdad, the death toll in July is headed in the same direction with attacks principally targeting security forces and the Shi'ite Muslim community.

A total of 11 vehicles blew up Monday in various Shi'ite neighborhoods of the capital, killing 26 people and leaving 130 injured, Iraqi police told Efe.

Baghdad was not the only place ravaged by violence. An attack in the city of Al Kut, some 150 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital, left eight dead and 40 wounded.

Two car bombs were also detonated in the southern province of Muzana, where six people were killed and 22 wounded, and another in the city of Basra that left two dead and eight wounded.

Four police died when an explosive device went off on the west side of the city of Biyi in the province of Salahedin.

Added to the wave of attacks was the death of 10 armed men in a police operation in Salahedin, during which security forces impounded explosive devices and weapons.

Also in Salahedin, two suspected terrorists died when the car bomb they were driving blew up before they reached their target.

Iraq in recent months has seen a spike of violence, which intensified even more after July 10, the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

While both Sunnis and Shi'ites have been killed, most of the attacks have targeted the majority Shi'ite population.