BAGHDAD, June 9 (Xinhua) -- A total of 46 people were killed and 166 others wounded on Monday in violent attacks, including suicide bombings, across Iraq, police and medical sources said.
The deadliest attack occurred in Salahudin province when a twin suicide bombings targeted a Kurdish party office and a parking lot in the ethnically mixed Iraqi city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, leaving 25 people killed and 145 others wounded.
One of the suicide bombers blew up his truck bomb at the entrance of the office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Tuz-Khurmato.
Minutes later, another suicide bomber detonated his car bomb at a crowded parking lot, just 50 meters away from the scene of the first blast, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Most of the killed and wounded were Kurdish guards and the PUK office staff, the source said, adding that the huge blast of the truck bomb destroyed parts of the PUK office, and caused severe damages to the nearby building of the Kurdistan Communist Party.
Mohammed Mahmoud, a Kurdish member of the provincial council, was badly wounded by the truck blast, the same source said.
"The city hospital was overcrowded with the dead and injured and some people were even left in the hospital corridors and treated on the ground," Khalid Mahmoud, a doctor in Tuz-Khurmato's main hospital told Xinhua.
The attack against the Kurdish party of PUK is the second in two days.
On Sunday, a double bomb exploded in the party's office in Iraq 's eastern province of Diyala, killing 17 people and wounding 65, most were PUK officials and Kurdish security members.
The ethnically mixed city of Tuz-Khurmato is part of disputed areas between the Kurds, who want to annex it to their semi- autonomous region and the Baghdad government.
The Sunni-dominated province of Salahudin with its capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
In Diyala province, a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into an army checkpoint and blew it up in the town of Kanaan, some 20 km east of the provincial capital Baquba, leaving three soldiers killed and four others wounded, a provincial police source told Xinhua.
The blast also killed a civilian and wounded four at the scene, the source said.
In a separate attack, a police patrol clashed with gunmen at a rural area near the town of Buhruz, just south of Baquba which located some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, leaving a policeman and a gunman killed, the source added.
Also in the province, five soldiers were wounded when three roadside bombs went off simultaneously near their patrol at a village outside the town of Abu-Sieda, some 30 km northeast of Baquba, the source said.
In the volatile province of Anbar, three policemen and two members of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group, were killed when they entered a booby-trapped house in the southern part of the provincial capital Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua.
Three Sahwa members and two policemen were also wounded by the blast, the source said.
The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.
Meanwhile, 10 people, including women and children, were killed and two others wounded in rocket and mortar shelling on several neighborhoods of the town of Garma, just east of Fallujah, he said.
Also in the province, gunmen blew up a bridge on the Euphrates River linking the city of Fallujah and the southeastern part of Baghdad, the source added.
Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in late December last year
Iraq is witnessing some of 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 police personnel, were killed in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.
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