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Attacks in Iraqi Capital Kill at Least 5 Police Officers

Iraqi officials say two explosions in Baghdad have killed at least five police officers and wounded 14 others.

The blasts Tuesday occurred in a neighborhood in southern Baghdad that is home to a Christian community.

The explosions came a day after attacks across Iraq killed at least 110 people in the country's worst day of violence this year.

Iraqi officials have blamed al-Qaida-linked militants for Monday's bombings and shootings that also wounded hundreds of people in nine Iraqi cities and towns. There has been no official claim of responsibility.

Iraq's Deputy Interior Minister Hussein Ali Kamal acknowledged that lapses by Iraqi security forces may have contributed to Monday's carnage.

The deadliest of Monday's attacks took place in Hilla, south of Baghdad. Hospital officials say at least 50 people were killed and 140 wounded in blasts outside a textile factory. Elsewhere, at least 25 people were killed in three bombings in the southern city of Basra.

A U.S. military official who oversees operations in eastern Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Ralph Baker told the Associated Press that the complexity of the attacks indicates they were coordinated.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.