29 killed in attacks across Iraq
A wave of attacks across Iraq has killed at least 29 people, mostly members of the security forces, while a Sunni politician escaped an assassination attempt, officials said.
The deadliest of the attacks saw a suicide bomber ram his explosive-laden tanker into a security checkpoint in the north east suburbs of Baghdad, killing six soldiers and three civilians. Officials added that 21 people were wounded in the attack.
Hours earlier, gunmen attacked an army post in Tarmiyah town, just north of Baghdad, killing eight soldiers and wounding 13.
Later, a roadside bomb hit the convoy of Sunni deputy Salim al-Jubouri in the Ghalibiya district of the capital. Two bodyguards were killed and seven others wounded, according to police.
A car bomb blast in a commercial street in western Baghdad killed four people and wounded 12 others, and police said a bomb blast near a market in Baghdad's southern suburbs of al-Rahseed killed one person and wounded five others.
In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen sprayed an army checkpoint with bullets, killing five soldiers.
Hospital medics confirmed the casualties for all attacks.
No one immediately claimed the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of an al Qaida breakaway group that frequently uses car bombs and suicide attacks to target public areas and members of security forces in their bid to undermine confidence in the government.
Violence has escalated in Iraq over the past year. Last year, the country saw the highest death toll since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2007, according to United Nations figures. The UN said violence killed 8,868 last year in Iraq.