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Iraq bomb attacks: 'A carefully organised campaign'

At least 38 people have been killed in a series of co-ordinated attacks across Iraq, according to officials.

Two car bombs in the predominantly Shia city of Kerbala are reported to have killed at least 13 people.

Another car bomb near police headquarters in the northern city of Kirkuk killed seven people, hospital sources said.

The attacks come ahead of next week's Arab League summit to be held in the capital, Baghdad.

The BBC's Peter Biles said that the violence seemed to be part of a "carefully organised campaign".

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