BAGHDAD, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Two soldiers and a policeman were killed and 30 others wounded in two explosions that co-ordinately went off in Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Sunday, a local police source said.
The first blast occurred in the morning inside an under- construction house in the town of Shora, some 40 km south of Mosul, without causing any casualties, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
As Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene of the blast, another car bomb went off, killing two soldiers and a policeman and injuring 30 people, he said.
Nine soldiers and 14 policemen were among the wounded, while the rest of the wounded were civilians, including four children, the source said, adding that the blast also destroyed several military vehicles and three nearby houses.
The attackers apparently followed the old tactic which depends on creating an initial explosion to attract security forces and people, then they set off another blast to get heavier casualties, he said.
Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, has long been a hot bed for insurgency and ethnic and sectarian violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.