07/23/2012 04:22 EDT | Updated 09/21/2012 05:12 EDT

51 die in wave of bombings in Iraq; 14 killed in Baghdad alone

BAGHDAD - A car bomb outside a Baghdad office issuing government IDs has killed at least 14 people, part of a wave of morning explosions across Iraq in which at least 51 have died.

Security officials said the car blew up near an Interior Ministry office that issues ID cards to citizens in the capital's Shiite-dominated neighbourhood of Sadr City.

Earlier, attacks in the town of Taji just north of the capital killed 28.

And blasts around the northern city of Kirkuk and in the town of Hussainiya outside Baghdad left another nine dead.

The deaths were confirmed by health officials in each community.