Militants struck with nine car bombs and a shooting in six different Iraqi cities and towns on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 42, officials said.
With the latest violence, at least 235 people have been killed and 743 wounded in attacks in Iraq this month, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.
Four car bombs exploded on Sunday in Taji, north of Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding eight others, an interior ministry official and a medical source said.
The first bomb exploded near a husseiniyah, or Shiite place of worship, in the Shiite-majority Al-Askari neighbourhood, followed by three others in the same area, a security official said, adding women and children were among the victims.
A car bomb targeting a police convoy killed two policemen and wounded seven others east of Baquba, a city further north of Baghdad, while another car bomb exploded south of Baquba, killing one person and wounding seven, police and medics said.
Gunmen killed a policeman in Baghdad, and a car bomb exploded after a police patrol came to investigate, killing one and wounding four others, the ministry official said, while a medic put the toll at three dead and four wounded.
Iraqi men inspect the site of a car bomb in the Karrada district of central Baghdad. Militants have struck with nine car bombs and a shooting in six different Iraqi cities and towns, killing at least 15 people and wounding 42, officials said.
In Madain, south of Baghdad, a car bomb killed two people and wounded at least nine others, officials said.
A witness said the bomb, which targeted a bus carrying Iranian religious pilgrims, exploded about 10:30 am (0730 GMT).
Farther south in Kut, a car bomb exploded near a river patrol force police station, killing a police captain and a major and wounding seven other people, among them two police, a police captain and a medical official said.
The violence comes after 102 prisoners, including 47 convicted members of Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq, escaped from a prison in Tikrit, after a suicide bomber detonated detonated a car bomb outside the jail late Thursday.
The prison was later assaulted by gunmen and 16 security force personnel were killed in clashes.
The interior ministry said on Friday night that four of the fugitives had been killed and 23 captured, as Iraqi forces continue to hunt for the others.
While insurgents opposed to the Baghdad government are regarded as weaker than in past years, they have shown they can strike at even the most heavily protected sites in Iraq.
An Iraqi policeman standing guard at a checkpoint in central Baghdad earlier this year. A wave of bombings and a shooting have killed at least 15 people in attacks in six different Iraqi cities, security and medical officials say.
Targets in recent months have included prisons, police stations, the anti-terrorism directorate in Baghdad, a military base and an entrance to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, where the government has its headquarters.
The Islamic State of Iraq said in July that it was launching a "new military campaign aimed at recovering territory."
An earlier message posted on jihadist forums said the ISI would begin targeting judges and prosecutors, and try to help its prisoners break out.