BAGHDAD, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Up to 33 people were killed, most of them policemen, in a series of attacks by suicide bombers and gunmen which targeted the Iraqi security forces in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial police source said on Wednesday.
The attacks started late on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden car at a police station in the city of Rutba, some 370 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least six policemen and wounding 14 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, four policemen were killed when gunmen attacked their checkpoints in Rutba, while two more policemen were killed and four wounded in a car bomb explosion near a police patrol in the city, the source said.
Early on Wednesday, gunmen ambushed several police patrols on the highway in west of Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi, some 110 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and kidnapped 14 policemen and killed them, the source added.
Later in the morning, a suicide bomber drove an explosive packed truck into a police checkpoint on a bridge over the highway outside the city of Rutba and blew it up, destroying part of the bridge, killing four policemen and three truck drivers who were crossing the bridge, he said.
Anbar province was the scene of deadly attack during the past few days including coordinated suicide bomb attacks which targeted local government buildings and security forces in the provincial cities of Rawa and Fallujah. The two massive attacks killed a total of 18 people and wounded 42.
Insurgent attacks continue in the volatile Sunni Arab area in west of Baghdad that stretches through Anbar province to Iraq's western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, were responsible for such suicide bombings in the country.
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