The death toll in a wave of bombings and other attacks across Iraq has risen to 50, police and hospital sources said. The early-morning attacks on Thursday were conducted against mainly Shi'ite targets in Baghdad and several other towns and cities. Car bombs struck across Baghdad, in the latest wave of attacks on the Iraqi capital since a political crisis erupted in December, security officials said. One car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded 27 in the upmarket Karrada neighbourhood, hurling shrapnel into the next street and blowing out glass from nearby buildings.