At least 20 Iraqis were killed and dozens of others were wounded in car bomb and IED attacks Thursday morning (June 28th) throughout the country, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
Col. Hikmat Mahmoud al-Masari, director of media for the ministry, told Al-Shorfa that a car bomb targeted the Washash market in western Baghdad at 10 a.m. Thursday, killing nine civilians and wounding 35 others, including children.
A second car bomb exploded at a checkpoint in Taji, north of Baghdad, killing two security personnel and wounding 20 others, he said.
Another blast occurred in Ameriya in western Baghdad, when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on the side of the road exploded. One civilian was killed while another in a car at the time of blast was wounded, al-Masari said.
Locally-made explosives were used in all three attacks, damaging vehicles and buildings, he said.
In Ramadi three Iraqis were killed, and nine others were wounded a car bomb targeting the local provincial government building in Anbar exploded.
Anbar police spokesperson Col. Rahim Zaban told Al-Shorfa the car bomb was parked near the western gate of the provincial building.
He accused al-Qaeda of responsibility for the attack, which targeted members of Anbar's investment and reconstruction committee as they entered the building to attend a discussion about Anbar's international airport.
In a separate Ramadi attack five people were wounded when a car bomb exploded in a parking lot outside the immigration and displacement department, according to AFP.
Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen planted locally-made IEDs around the house of a police major in Hiteen village in the district of Radhwaniya, southwest of Baghdad.
Using remote control devices to blow up the IEDs, they destroyed the house and killed the officer's wife, son and sister. The officer and three others at an adjacent house were wounded, all critically.
In Baqubah two people were killed and four others were seriously wounded when an IED exploded in the Katoun neighbourhood.
In another attack, three people were wounded when a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car exploded in Khan Bani Saad near Baqubah.