At least 31 people were killed and 48 others were injured in three suicide bombing attacks in the city of Baquba, central Iraq, on Wednesday. Police said the first explosion was carried out at police stations in the Diyala province – where Al-Qaeda terrorists are still battling US and NATO-led forces. Another bomber detonated his explosive-laden car moments later at a nearby road junction. The third blast followed shortly afterwards in the city’s main hospital.
The bombing attacks came just as the country prepares for its nationwide parliamentary elections, the second election since Saddam Hussein’s reign was dismantled in 2003. The attacks also occurred as the Iraqi police and the military prepares for a nationwide operation to stop terrorist attacks before the Sunday’s poll.