BAGHDAD, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Sixteen people were killed and 32 others wounded in separate violent attacks, mainly targeting Iraqi security forces across the country, police source said on Wednesday.
In Salahudin province, a car bomb went off in the early hours of the morning at a popular market at a village, just south of the city of Dujail, some 60 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving three people killed and 20 others wounded, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, Major General Jumaa Unad, Salahudin's provincial police chief, escaped unharmed a roadside bomb attack near his convoy in east of the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding three others, the source said.
Late on Tuesday night, a police Colonel and four policemen were killed and two others wounded by mortar barrage on a police station in the restive town of Sulaiman Beg near the city of Tuz- Khurmato despite nearly a week of fierce clashes after anti- government militant groups seized part of the town, the source added.
It was not immediately clear whether the mortar rounds were fired by the army or the militant groups, the source said.
In the morning, gunmen shot dead a police officer while he was driving his car in Albu Ajil area, just east of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, he added.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, three soldiers were killed and five wounded at dawn when gunmen attacked their base near a village located some 50 km north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.
Separately, a policeman was killed and another wounded by gunmen attack on their outpost near Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said. Also in the province, a police force clashed with gunmen in Imam-Wies area, some 50 km northeast of Baquba, leaving a policeman and a gunman killed, the source added.
In Baghdad, a sticky bomb attached to a car detonated in Nahdha district in the center of the capital, leaving the driver critically wounded, a police source said.
Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.