Bomb attacks hit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and a village near the northern town of Baqubah yesterday, killing at least 52 people, police and hospital sources said.
In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of a Sunni Muslim pro-government militiaman, police said. It killed 18 people and wounded 16 in Shatub, a village south of Baqubah.
Half a dozen car bombs exploded across Baghdad, mostly in Shiite districts, killing 34 people and wounding 71, police and medics said.
A suicide bomber in an fuel tanker blew it up under the bridge near the town of Saqlawiya, about 10km north of Fallujah, causing the bridge to collapse and destroying one of two army tanks parked on top, police said.
Simultaneously, dozens of militants stormed a police station in Saqlawiya.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for world support yesterday for his army’s battle with Sunni militants who overran Fallujah two weeks ago.
“The battle will be long and will continue,” al-Maliki said on state television. “If we keep silent it means the creation of evil statelets that would wreak havoc with security in the region and the world.”