Attacks across Iraq kill 13, wound dozens

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 25, 2011 5:54 PM
Attacks across Iraq kill 13, wound dozens

BASRA (Reuters) - A series of suicide and car bombings struck cities across Iraq Thursday, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens of others, security sources said.

In the southern oil hub of Basra, a car driven by a suicide bomber exploded near a Shi'ite mosque, killing at least three people and wounding 23 others, according to a provincial police source.

A hospital source said the blast in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) south of Baghdad, killed three and wounded 50.

"The explosion happened in a garage which was near this mosque and parts of the car that exploded fell into my house," said Laith Hial, a resident of the southern Basra district where the blast occurred.

The explosion set fire to nearby cars and shops, a police officer at the scene said.

In the city of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of the Iraqi capital, a car driven by a suicide bomber exploded at a police checkpoint, killing four police officers and wounding five others, a local police source said.

In another Falluja attack, three Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb blew up near their patrol, a police source said.

In the town of Garma, 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Baghdad, three policemen died and five were wounded in two explosions -- the first when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest and the second when a car bomb blew up, police said.

In northeastern Baghdad, a parked car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol, killing one person and wounding 14 others, including 10 soldiers, an Interior Ministry source said.

Another person died in a sticky bomb attack in Baghdad and a soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Mosul.

(Reporting by Aref Mohammed in Basra and Fadhel al-Badrani in Falluja; Editing by Jim Loney)