BAGHDAD, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- A wave of gunfire and bomb attacks, including 12 car bombs, struck the Iraqi cities and towns on Sunday, killing 34 people and wounding some 85 others.
In and near the Iraqi capital, eight car bomb explosions and gunfire attacks killed up to 25 people and wounded 59 others, according to the police reports.
One of the deadliest attacks occurred in Taji area, some 20 km north of Baghdad, when insurgents successively blew up four car bombs in separate locations in the area, killing a total of eight people and wounding 25 others.
Another deadly attack in Baghdad took place in Karrada district in central the capital when a car bomb went off near a police patrol, killing a police officer and a policeman, and wounding five people, including two policemen.
Three more car bombs, roadside bombs and gunfire attacks in the capital killed at least 15 people and wounded 29 others.
In eastern Iraq, a suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint in south of the city of Kut, some 160 km southeast of Baghdad, killing five policemen, including two officers, and wounding six policemen.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a car bomb detonated at a marketplace in the town of Khan Bani Saad, some 30 km east of Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five others.
Separately, a roadside bomb went off near an army patrol in the city of Adheim, some 120 km north of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding four others.
Also in the province, a car bomb explosion narrowly missed the convoy of Mohammed Jawad al-Timimi, chief of the Kiyala's traffic police directorate, who escaped the blast unharmed, but four passers-by were wounded instead.
In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, a civilian was killed and six were injured when a car bomb exploded near an army checkpoint in eastern the provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad.
In a separate incident, gunmen wounded Hamid Khalaf, a member of the town council in the town of al-Shora, some 50 south of Mosul, while driving his car in the town.
Meanwhile, a police explosives expert was killed in the morning while he was trying to defuse a booby-trapped car at the city of Sulaimn Pek, some 160 km north of Baghdad.
"There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attacks yet, but massive and coordinated attacks usually carried out by al-Qaida terrorist group in Iraq," an Interior Ministry officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
However, al-Qaida front in Iraq frequently claimed the responsibility of most deadly attacks in the country, raising fears that the terrorist group could return to widespread violence, particularly, as Iraq is trying to avoid the spillover of violence from the ongoing conflict in the neighboring Syria.
Observers see that Sunday's attacks are part of an attempt by the insurgent groups, including al-Qaida militant group, to show that they are capable of carrying out coordinated and high-profile attacks that could undermine the government's claims of providing security to Iraqis.
Violence and sporadic high profile attacks are still common in the country despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the past few years.
BAGHDAD, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed and 18 wounded in three car bomb explosions in central Iraq on Sunday, the police said.
In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a car bomb went off near a police patrol in the central district of Karrada and killed a police officer and a policeman, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Full story
BAGHDAD, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- At least 14 people were killed and 26 wounded in a series of bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraq on Sunday, the police said.
Four car bombs were detonated in separate locations in Taji area, some 20 km north of Baghdad, killing six people and wounding eight others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Full story