Policemen and residents check a site of explosion in front of a liquor shop in northern Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 4, 2014. A total of 15 people were killed and 69 others wounded in separate three bomb attacks in Iraq Thursday evening, police sources said. (Xinhua/Dena Assad)
BAGHDAD, Sept.4 (Xinhua) -- A total of 15 people were killed and 69 others wounded in separate bomb attacks in Iraq Thursday evening, police sources said.
A suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint and blew it up in kadhimiyah district, northern Baghdad, leaving at least nine people killed and 35 others injured, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Two hours later, six civilians were killed and 17 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in Saadoun Street in central Baghdad, the source added.
In a separate incident, a roadside bomb detonated in front of an alcoholic shop in northern Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, leaving 17 people wounded and several nearby shops destroyed, a local source told Xinhua.
Iraq is witnessing some of its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, terrorism and violence have killed 5,576 civilians in Iraq in the first half of this year, with over 11,666 wounded.