At Least 85 Killed, Scores Wounded In Iraqi Violence

At least 85 people have been killed and nearly 300 wounded in a string of bombings and shootings across Iraq, the country's Interior Ministry reported late Monday.Attacks were launched in six provinces, including Basra, Wasit and Babil -- which tend to be less violent than others -- in violence reminiscent of what was typical during the height of the sectarian war.In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide car bomber killed two at a checkpoint manned by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.Many of the shootings and bombings targeted security forces.The deadliest attack happened in Hilla, in the southern province of Babil. Three bombings there killed at least 36 people and wounded 140. First came a double car bombing that killed at least 23 people and wounded 110, the Interior Ministry said. The a suicide bomber struck as medics and security forces responded to those blasts, killing and wounding more.