Three deadly explosions in Iraq

  • 11/08/2015
Suicide bomb (Reuters)
Suicide bomb (Reuters)

Three explosions, two of them suicide bombings, have killed at least 33 people in Iraq.

The blasts on Monday near Baquba, the capital of Iraq's restive eastern Diyala province, targeted mostly Shi'ite areas and came less than a month after a massive suicide attack left at least 120 dead in Khan Bani Saad, which is also in Diyala.

The deadliest of Monday's bombings was in an area called Huwaydir. Security sources and medics at the main hospital in Baquba said at least 20 people were killed there and 45 wounded.

"A suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped vehicle blew himself up in the middle of the central market area in Huwaydir," a police lieutenant-colonel said.

Another suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden vehicle past a checkpoint before blowing himself up in Kanaan district, killing at least 10 and wounding the same number, a police captain said.

An improvised explosive device also went off in a neighbourhood between Baquba and Huwaydir, killing three and wounding four, the same source said.

It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were civilians.