Iraqi authorities say a series of bomb attacks killed at least 30 people on Thursday, mostly in the capital Baghdad, as the country struggles to contain a recent surge in sectarian violence.
Seven bombings were reported in and around Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which occurred in both Sunni and Shi'ite neighborhoods.
Attacks elsewhere in Iraq killed at least seven people, including three policemen in a suicide bombing in the northern city of Mosul. Another bomb blast targeted the governor of western Iraq's predominantly Sunni Anbar province, wounding four of his bodyguards while he escaped unharmed.
U.N. envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler appealed for urgent action by Iraqi leaders, saying "systemic violence is ready to explode at any moment" if they do not engage immediately to pull the country "out of this mayhem," as
Nationwide attacks on Wednesday killed at least 28 people, including members of a wedding party in Baghdad.
Violence has killed more than 500 people in Iraq this month as militants try to exploit tensions between minority Sunnis and majority Shi'ites to foment a sectarian war. At least 1,100 people have been killed since the latest surge in attacks began in early April.
Iraqi Sunnis accuse the country's Shi'ite-led government of marginalizing them, ignoring their concerns, and unfairly targeting Sunni political leaders for arrest.