Nearly 30 dead in wave of attacks across Iraq

Civilians inspect the site of a massive bomb attack in Hillah, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 9, 2014. A suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint in southern Iraq on Sunday, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. Iraq has seen a spike in violence since last April, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country’s sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2008. The U.N. says 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400 people were killed in January and February of this year. (AP Photo/Str)
Civilians inspect the site of a massive bomb attack in Hillah, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 9, 2014. A suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint in southern Iraq on Sunday, killing and wounding scores of people, police said. Iraq has seen a spike in violence since last April, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country’s sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2008. The U.N. says 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400 people were killed in January and February of this year. (AP Photo/Str)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say at least 28 people have been killed today in a series of attacks north and west of Baghdad.

In one attack, a suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a police brigade headquarters north of Baghdad. That touched off a firefight between other attackers and policemen. Officials say nine police officers were killed, including a brigade commander.

Hours later, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt among mourners attending a funeral in Ramadi for a leader of an anti-al-Qaida Sunni militia. Police say nine mourners were killed and 25 were wounded.

Among the day’s other attacks, gunmen sprayed an army checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing four soldiers. Police say they also abducted nine soldiers.

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