(AFP) – Nov 9, 2008
BAGHDAD (AFP) — At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded on Sunday in bomb attacks across Iraq as militants continued to strike in some of the country's most dangerous regions.
Four people were killed when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in a crowded market in the town of Khalis in Diyala province, according to security officials and medics.
Another 13 people were wounded in the afternoon bombing, including an Iraqi police officer in charge of coordinating security operations in the town, said Dr Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan, a staff member at Khalis hospital.
A security official in the provincial capital of Baquba confirmed the details of the blast, which took place in an area that still sees frequent attacks despite recent improvements in security elsewhere in Iraq.
Earlier a female suicide bomber exploded in front of a hospital near the city of Fallujah, killing a woman, a doctor and his wife, security officials said. Another seven people were wounded in the blast.
Fallujah is one of the main cities in the western province of Anbar, which was the epicentre of the Sunni-led rebellion against US forces in the months following the March 2003 invasion.
In the northern city of Mosul -- which the US army considers the last urban base of Al-Qaeda in Iraq -- three Iraqi soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb targeting an army patrol. Another four soldiers were wounded in the blast.
Elsewhere in the city a suicide car bomb targeting a police patrol wounded 11 people, including five civilians, according to police.
Iraq has seen a dramatic drop in violence in past months but pockets of the country remain riven by sectarian tensions and insurgents continue to carry out scattered attacks against US and Iraqi security forces.
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