At least 50 dead, 171 wounded in Iraq violence—officials

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Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Insurgents unleashed deadly attacks Tuesday against Shiite areas of Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD—A spate of attacks in Baghdad and central Iraq on Tuesday killed at least 50 people and left 171 wounded, security and medical officials said, updating an earlier toll.

There were 20 explosions and several gun attacks predominantly targeting Shiite Muslims, with most of the attacks striking in Baghdad’s north and east.

The overall death toll was the highest in Iraq in six months, according to an AFP tally.

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