(Updates the number of fatalities, adds more attacks)


Some 50 people lost their lives Saturday and another 245 were wounded in a series of car-bomb attacks that shook Baghdad and other cities in Iraq, police officials told Efe.

The deadliest attack occurred in downtown Tuz Khormato, 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, where 11 people died and 60 were injured by the explosion of a car driven into a crowd by a suspected suicide bomber.

The second attack was perpetrated by two vehicles loaded with explosives that blew up consecutively in the Shaab district near a market on the east side of Baghdad, killing six civilians and wounding another 20.

The explosions also destroyed several stores and cars, the officials said.

At the same time, five people lost their lives and another 15 suffered injuries when a car bomb exploded in the Khazimiyah area with its Shi'ite majority on Baghdad's north side, while five civilians were killed and another 13 wounded in a similar attack in the Baiyaa area in the southwestern part de la capital.

The same sources said a vehicle loaded with explosives blew up in the Abu Dashir area in south Baghdad, causing the deaths of three people and wounding 13.

In the Baghdad Al Yedida sector, three civilians died and another 12 were injured in the same kind of attack.

In the Amil district, also in the southwest of the Iraqi capital, two civilians lost their lives and another 14 were wounded in a car-bomb explosion.

The sources also reported two people killed and another nine hurt by a similar attack in the Zafaraniyah sector of south Baghdad.

Four people lost their lives and another 67 were injured by two car bombs in the Shi'ite majority city of Naseriyah, 350 kilometers (220 miles) south of Baghdad.

Elsewhere, one person died and four were wounded by another car bome in the city of Kirkuk, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.

In the city of Karbala, five people died and another 11 were injured by the explosion of a car bomb, while in Babel, a similar attack left four dead and seven wounded.

The attacks came one after another despite the large-scale deployment of security forces during the current Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Muslims' sacred month of Ramadan. EFE