Two suicide car bombs exploded in Baghdad on Wednesday killing one soldier and injuring 19. One suicide car bombing occured in western Baghdad in the Bakriyah region. As people rushed to the scene to help the injured, a roadside bomb went off wounding another three.
Earlier in the day, a convoy of Iraq’s minister of provincial affairs was attacked by a car bomb as well, wounding four of his bodyguards. The minister, Saad Naif Al-Hardan, was not at the scene as the attack took place, as the convoy was en route to him at the time of the attack. Iraqi police believe that those responsible for the attack most likely were targeting Al Hardan, thinking that he was in the convoy, according to the AP. The attack occurred near Kahtan Square in Baghdad, and reportedly damaged three cars. Four of the guards were seriously wounded.
Later, at least 30 people died when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Iraqi military recruits at an army base in the northern town of Tal Afar, police said. According to Reuters, police chief Najim Abdullah said at least 35 people were injured in Wednesday's blast, which occurred one day after a suicide car bomb blew up in a crowded Tal Afar market, killing at least 24 people and wounding 36.