“Five people were killed and 10 wounded by a car bomb that exploded near the town of Dhuluiyah, 70km north of Baghdad,” said a senior police officer in nearby Samarra.
The five dead were all civilians, he said.
A medical official in the Dhuluiyah hospital confirmed that the facility received five dead and 10 wounded.
The police officer said the explosion took place on Wednesday morning as Dhuluiyah police chief Colonel Qandil Khalil’s convoy was passing by.
It was the second attack against Khalil’s convoy this year, after a previous car bombing in January that he also survived.
Dhuluiyah is part of the Sunni-majority Salaheddin province. It was an al-Qaeda stronghold after the 2003 US-led invasion before the government took control with the help of tribal militias.
Meanwhile, a man was killed by a magnetic “sticky bomb” attached to a car in central Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, a police spokesperson said.
Violence is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common and 112 Iraqis were killed in March.- SAPA