Violence in Iraq's Ramadi, Tikrit leave at least five dead Sunday
Iraqi government forces allegedly confiscated vehicles from militants in Ramadi this weekend (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
At least five people were killed in Sunni-majority areas in Iraq Sunday, according to Agence France Presse.
The most recent waves of attacks come ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled exactly one month from today as tensions rise between Iraq's Sunni minority and Shiite-ruling majority.
In Ramadi, a suicide bomber detonated himself on the city's Hauz Bridge, leaving three dead, wounding five others and severely damaging the crossing.The bridge represented one of the last key crossing points between the northern and southern city areas that remained functional since militant takeovers last December left the city in disarray.
Two police officers were also reported victim to a roadside bomb in the city of Tikrit, a predominantly Sunni Arab city.
Attacks in Mosul were also reported late Saturday, where unidentified militants fired at an army checkpoint leaving seven soldiers dead. A doctor was also reported dead in Mosul this weekend.
At least 500 people have been killed in Iraq in March 2014 alone, with unrest and growing violence predominantly driven by Sunni-Shiite tensions due to the Shiite's leadership alleged mistreatment of the Sunni minority politically, socially and economically.