A series of insurgent attacks in and near Baghdad has killed more than 100 people and wounded scores of others - mostly Shi'ite Muslims.
The deadliest attack took place early Wednesday in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite Kazimiyah district, where a suicide car bombing killed more than 90 people and wounded at least 160 others.
The VOA correspondent in Baghdad says five Iraqis were killed in a car bombing in a market area (near the Green Zone) and a separate attack on the Iraqi deputy interior minister's convoy killed three policemen.
There were several other deadly attacks around Baghdad and military officials say several U.S. soldiers were wounded in car bombings targeting U.S. military convoys.
Earlier, in a small town (Taji) north of Baghdad, gunmen shot and killed at least 17 people after dragging them out of their homes.
An Internet posting attributed to the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group said it carried out the wave of attacks in Baghdad to avenge a U.S. and Iraqi military offensive against rebels in the northern town of Tal Afar.