BAQUBA, Iraq, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least 30 people were wounded Saturday in a series of bomb attacks in the city of Baquba, the capital of Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police source said.
The coordinated attacks occurred in the afternoon when two roadside bombs went off almost simultaneously in al-Tahrir area in southern Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Minutes later, a third blast took place when a bomb planted in a civilian car detonated in the same area, the source said.
A total of 30 people were injured by the blasts, six of them were in critical condition, the source said, adding that Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene and defused a fourth roadside bomb.
Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.