At least 19 Iraqis were killed and 72 others wounded on Thursday (January 17th) when car bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) blew up in different areas across the country, police officials said.
In Dujail district, Salaheddine province, nine people died and 35 were wounded when two cars bombs exploded near a mosque, said Salaheddine police spokesman Hasan al-Majmaie.
Among the dead were seven policemen who were inspecting the scene of an earlier attack, he said.
The blasts set the mosque and nearby shops on fire, he added.
South of al-Hilla, Babil province, a booby-trapped car exploded near a police checkpoint in al-Qasim, killing 10 policemen and wounding 20 others, including seven civilians, Lt. Col. Dhia Khalil al-Hilli of the Babil police told Al-Shorfa.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Interior Ministry reported that 17 people were wounded, including nine Pakistanis, when an IED exploded near a bus carrying Pakistani visitors in Miraab Aoun.
Col. Hikmat Mahmoud al-Masari, director of media and communications at the ministry, told Al-Shorfa that the blast caused extensive material damages, and accused al-Qaeda of responsibility for the attack.