BAGHDAD, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 people were killed and 53 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, police said.
Seven people were killed and 40 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in a market for stationery and books on Najafi Street in the city center of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Five people were killed and four others were injured when a car bomb went off near a shop in the Qadisiya neighborhood in the town of Yathrib, 80 km north of Baghdad, the source said.
The blast also caused damage to the shop and nearby buildings and several cars nearby were destroyed, he added.
Unidentified gunmen assassinated an employee of the agriculture department in Mosul when he stood in front of his home in the Al Qudise neighborhood in the southeastern part of the city, the source said, adding that the gunmen fled after the attack.
Nine civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near shops in the Ghazaliya area in western Baghdad, police source said.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said earlier this month that almost 5,000 civilians were killed and 12,000 others injured in Iraq from January to August this year.