At least 28 people, mostly members of security forces, have been killed and dozens more wounded in a series of terrorist attacks that hit Iraq’s north and west.
Al-Qaeda militants rammed an explosive-laden truck into a police headquarters in the village of Injana in Diyala province. The explosion was followed a firefight between the attackers and policemen in the area.
Nine police officers, including a brigade commander and his assistant, were killed in the violence.
Hours later, a bomber detonated his explosive belt among mourners attending a funeral for Nasir al-Alawani, a leader of the anti-al-Qaeda Sahwa militia who was killed a day earlier.
Police said nine mourners were killed and 25 were wounded in the attack in the city of Ramadi, the capital of the troubled western province of Anbar.
In a separate incident, gunmen opened fire on an army checkpoint near the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, killing four soldiers. They also abducted nine soldiers before escaping from the area.
In the north, three people were killed and 14 injured in back-to-back car bomb explosions in Dibis, a town located near Kirkuk.
An army officer and two soldiers were killed after a roadside bomb hit a military convoy in the town of Beiji, north of Baghdad.
Iraq has witnessed a surge in violence over the past year.
According to figures released by the United Nations, at least 8,000 people lost their lives in Iraq last year, which was the highest death toll since a peak of violence in the country in 2007 !!