A series of attacks Thursday in Baghdad and in northern and western Iraq killed at least eight people and wounded 50, medical and security sources reported. The authorities have identified at least a dozen of attacks, mainly bombings in five different cities, which have increased to at least 153 the number of those killed in Iraq during August.
The deadliest attack took place in Al-Garma, near the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, where four policemen were killed and three others wounded by gunfire at a checkpoint, according to police officer Anas Mahmoud and Dr. Omar Dalli of the Fallujah General Hospital. Then a bomb exploded on the road, causing three casualties among civilians as rescue workers rushed to the scene.
In the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk (north), four car bombs exploded between 08.15 and 09.30, killing one person and injuring 20 others, according to a police official and Dr. Wali Karim from the main hospital in the city. Many members of the security forces were among the wounded, added the two sources.
Bombings have also rocked the cities of Tuz and Dibis Khormatou, north of Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 24, officials said.