More than 60 people on Wednesday were killed in three Iraqi cities, police said. In the first attack, a suicide car bomb went off in a small market near a police station in Tikrit on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and injuring 75, police said.
According to The AP, police Lt. Col. Saad Daham said that security prevented the attacker from exploding the vehicle in front of the police station, but that the bomber instead detonated among a crowd of people at the nearby market.
The bomb exploded at 7:15 a.m., and many day laborers who had traveled to Tikrit from near areas were waiting at the market to be picked up for work at construction sites, Daham added. He conveyed at least 23 civilians and one policeman were killed, and 69 civilians and one policeman were wounded.
Shortly later, a man with explosives hidden under his clothes set them off while standing in a line of people waiting outside a police and army recruitment center in northern Iraq, killing 30 people and wounding 35, police said. Initial police reports said the blast in Hawija was caused by a car bomb, but police Maj. Sarhad Qadir later said they found it was an attacker waiting in a line of about 150 recruits.
In Baghdad, three car bombs detonated Wednesday, killing four people and wounding 14, police said.
The worst blast took place in the southern neighborhood of Dora near a police station, killing three civilians and injuring nine, said police Col. Salam Alak. In Yarmouk, an area of west Baghdad, a suicide car bomb targeting a police patrol exploded in Jordan Square, killing a civilian and wounding three policeman, said police Lt. Col. Kadhim Abbas.
In New Baghdad, an eastern area of the capital, a car bomb exploded near al-Darweesh bakery about 100 yards from a police patrol, wounding two civilians and damaging civilian cars parked nearby, said police Lt. Col. Ahmed Aboud, according to The AP.