Authorities in Iraq have said that five people have been killed west of Baghdad as a result of a bombing and an ambush of a police checkpoint.
Three people were killed and five were wounded when a bomb exploded on a busy commercial street in the Abu Ghraib area.
An hour after this attack, gunmen sprayed a security checkpoint in Fallujah with bullets. Two policemen were killed in this attack according to AFP .
Just yesterday, at least sixteen people were killed in multi-car bomb explosion in Baghdad Sunday, according to AFP sources. 
The October death toll in Iraq has already passed 600. More than 5,300 people have been killed in 2013 alone, according to AFP's sources. The escalation of violence in the country is becoming increasingly comparable to levels seen only during the 2006-2007 Sunni-Shiite conflict that killed tens of thousands of people.