Iraqi officials say 13 dead in wave of bomb blasts

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say a series of morning bomb explosions in Iraq has killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens in the latest eruption of violence rattling the country.

Police say most of Thursday’s blasts went off in Baghdad. Car bombs killed four in the northeastern Shiite neighborhood of Binouq, and three died in a bombing at a market selling spare car parts incentral Baghdad.

Authorities say a roadside bomb exploded on a police patrol in the central commercial district of Karradah, killing three. Hospital officials confirmed the casualties.

In the northern city of Mosul, two police officers say a suicide bomber killed three when he blew himself up on a federal police checkpoint.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to media.