BAGHDAD, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- As many as 14 people were killed and 22 others wounded in a car bomb explosion in Samarra, some 120 km north of Iraq's capital of Baghdad on Saturday evening, police said.
The car bomb exploded in an outdoor market in Samarra as people were shopping in preparation for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Tuesday, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Many of the victims are women and children, the source added.
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.
According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, almost 6,000 civilians were killed and over 14,000 others injured in Iraq from January to September this year.