A suicide bomber rammed an ambulance packed with explosives into a security headquarters on Wednesday, killing 13 people and wounding over 60. Another suicide bombing attack in a nearby town killed two others and injured a top provincial official.
The first blast took place in Baquba, capital of Diyala province. It targeted an office of the Force Protection Service (FPS), the agency responsible for securing government buildings.
The explosion also damaged nearby buildings, including the al-Batool women and children's hospital, AFP said.
About 90 minutes later in the nearby town of Ghalbiyah, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-filled car in the midst of a crowd of Shiite pilgrims, killing two and injuring 16 other people, an official in the provincial security command said. Among the wounded were Diyala deputy governor Sadiq al-Husseini and three of his bodyguards, and two media employees of local satellite channel Diyala TV.
These attacks come a day after a some 50 people were killed and up to 150 wounded in a bombing attack in Tikrit.