Death toll in attacks across Iraq rises to 38

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say attacks across Iraq have killed 38 people and wounded more than 160 in a spate of violence that was dreaded in the days before Baghdad hosts the Arab world's top leaders.

The attacks struck at security forces and Shiite pilgrims -- two favorite targets for Sunni insurgents who officials believe are trying to thwart next week's Arab League summit.

The death toll continued to rise Tuesday as officials reported three more attacks on police and government officials in western Anbar province.

A midmorning car bomb exploded as the head of Baghdad's provincial council drove by. He escaped but it killed police and passers-by.

Officials who confirmed the casualties spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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