by Jamal Hashem
|Damaged vehicles are seen at the site of a bomb attack in the city of Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, August 25, 2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
BAGHDAD, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- All together 64 people were killed and 274 others wounded in a series of bomb attacks, including suicide car bombings, targeting Iraqi police across the country on Wednesday, a day after the U.S. military announced its troops would drop to below 50,000 ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline for them to end combat operations.
In Baghdad, up to 15 people were killed and 58 wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the entrance of a police station in Qahira neighborhood in north the capital, an Interior Ministry source said.
The blast which took place around 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) destroyed parts of the police station and several nearby buildings, the source said.
Earlier, the source put the toll at 11 killed and 34 wounded.
Also in Baghdad, a booby-trapped car parking near the Adan Square at the entrance of the holy Shiite district of Kadhimiya detonated, killing three people and wounding 12 others, the police said.
In south the capital, two policemen were killed and another wounded when unidentified gunmen in their car opened fire on a police checkpoint in the al-Amil neighborhood, the source said.
In Kut, the capital city of Wasit province, at least 23 people were killed and up to 86 others wounded when an explosive-packed vehicle parking in front of the city police headquarters was detonated at about 10:00 a.m. (0700 GMT), destroying the headquarters' building and a nearby government building, the local police said.
Earlier, the source put the toll at 23 killed and 60 wounded.
The powerful blast totally collapsed the police building and many people were buried under debris, the source said, adding that severe damages hit the nearby buildings.
Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene while the city authorities blocked Kut City, located 170 km southeast of Baghdad.
In Iraq's western Anbar province, a total of nine people were killed and 19 wounded in four incidents. one car bomb apparently detonated prematurely while moving in central Anbar's provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, killing two gunmen inside the car, the provincial police source said.
Another car bomb detonated in Ramadi, killing three people and wounded 13 others, the source said.