String Of Bombings Shakes Iraq

Iraq (CBS) - At least 45 people are dead and hundreds wounded in a string of bombings near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and around Baghdad,

Two truck bombs blew up just seconds apart in Mosul, leaving a massive crater and reducing an entire neighborhood to piles of bricks and metal.

More than a dozen were killed in that attack and more than 100 other people were wounded. Many were trapped in their collapsed homes in the Shiite minority community. Some of the dead and wounded had been sleeping on their roofs in this northern Iraqi city because a power outage made it too hot to sleep inside.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but it's thought to be the work of al-Qaeda in Iraq, which remains active in the area.

Security across Baghdad had been getting better, but several more bombings Monday shattered any sense of stability.

Bombs destroyed two Baghdad construction sites. In one neighborhood, the deadly device was hidden in a pile of garbage.

Just miles away, attackers set off a car bomb that blew the windows out of a juice shop, killing more Iraqi civilians.

So many attacks in one day underlined U.S. military warnings that insurgents are intent on derailing security gains in the lead up to national elections next year.

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