BAGHDAD, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were killed and 45 others wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Iraq on Monday, the police said.
An unidentified suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in a cafe in Balad, some 80 km north of the capital Baghdad, killing 12 people and injuring 45 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The source said earlier that at least eight were killed and 25 wounded in the suicide bombing attack.
The explosion damaged the cafe, and the wounded were taken to a hospital in Balad, a Shiite city in Salah ad Din province, the source added.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq recently reported that over 1,000 Iraqis were killed and more than 2,300 wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in July, the deadliest month in more than five years.