MOSUL, Iraq, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Two policemen and a soldier were killed and 18 people wounded on Friday evening in bomb attacks, including a suicide truck bombing, in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, a local police source said.
A suicide truck bomber blew up his explosive-laden truck at the entrance to a police headquarters in Bab Sinjar area in western Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing two policemen guarding the site and wounding 12 people, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, a booby-trapped car went off near an Iraqi army patrol in the town of Qaiyara, some 50 km south of Mosul, killing a soldier and wounding three people, the source said.
Meanwhile, a bomb planted in the house of a soldier in northern Mosul detonated in the evening, wounding the soldier's wife and two of his sons, the source said, adding that the soldier himself escaped unharmed as he was not at home during the attack.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in five years, raising fears that the latest bloodshed is sliding the country back toward a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when the monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.