In a suicide attack Sunday, a bomber who hid explosives under watermelons in the back of a pickup truck slammed into a police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing 12 people and wounding eight others, officials said.
Less than two hours later, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a parking lot outside an Iraqi army base on the outskirts of Mosul, killing 16 people and wounding seven, The AP reported.
A third attacker walked into Mosul Jumhouri Teaching Hospital at 2:15 p.m. and blew himself up in a room reserved for police officers guarding the facility, killing five policemen, police Brig. Gen. Wathiq Mohammed Tahr said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military also confirmed the deaths of two more Marines in Thursday's ambush in Fallujah. That brought the death toll from the suicide car bomb and ensuing small-arms fire to at least four Marines with a Marine and a sailor still missing and presumed dead, the military said. In addition, a roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier and wounded two others in central Baghdad.
Elsewhere, three mortar rounds struck a crowded cafe in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad on Saturday night, killing five civilians and wounding seven more, police said.
Activists also killed two policemen from a commando unit patrolling western Baghdad on Saturday, police 1st Lt. Thaer Mahmoud said. In addition, Iraqi police found the body of a slain uniformed policeman in another section of Baghdad, his hands bound behind his back and plastic wire around his neck, police Capt. Mohammed Izz al-Din said.
In a separate incident Saturday, gunmen killed three policemen on a road about 46 miles south of Amarah, police 1st Lt. Hussein Karim Hassan said.
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