People gather at the site of a blast in Kirkuk, Iraq, March 11, 2013. At least five people were killed and 120 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a police headquarters in a town at Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk on Monday, a provincial police source said. (Xinhua/Dena Assad)
BAGHDAD, March 11 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bomber killed five people and wounded 120 others in northern Iraq on Monday, while three people were killed in two other attacks in central Iraq, the police said.
A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near the police headquarters in the town of al-Debis, some 45 km northwest of Kirkuk city, killing five people and wounding 120 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Three of the killed were policemen and some 65 of the wounded were students in a nearby secondary school, the source said.
The huge blast caused severe damages to the police headquarters as well as to the school and a government building, the source added.
The ethnically-mixed province of Kirkuk and its capital Kirkuk City, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, are part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans.
In a separate incident, two civilians were killed by gunmen using silenced weapons in Sabie al-Bour area in north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a blacksmith near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.
Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.