TEHRAN, YJC. -- At least 12 people have been killed in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad and the city of Tikrit as violence rages on in the Arab nation.
On Monday, at least 9 people lost their
lives after a bomber blew up his explosive-laden vehicle near a police
station in the city of Tikrit, some 170 kilometers north of the capital.
Over a dozen others were injured in the massive bombing.
Officials say the number of casualties could rise as rescue teams are searching for more victims.
On the same day, the interior ministry issued a statement saying
that two policemen and a civilian were killed in the capital after
gunmen opened fire on them.
Two other people were injured, the statement added.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but militants
affiliated with al-Qaeda are commonly blamed for such attacks in Iraq.
On March 29, four bomb attacks targeted four Shia mosques in
Baghdad, and the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least 23 people.
According to police officials, the car bomb blasts hit three
neighborhoods in Baghdad within an hour of each other and an area of
south Kirkuk.The explosions hit outside mosques where people had
gathered for Friday prayers.
On December 31, 2012, over 20 people, including children, were
killed and 80 others injured in a wave of attacks in several cities and
towns in the country.