, FALLUJAH, Aug 3 – Seven people were killed, including a policeman and two soldiers, and more than 40 wounded in a string of bomb attacks in Iraq on Monday, police said.
A suicide car bomb hit a police checkpoint in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, killing two people including one policeman, police major Khalid Mohammed told AFP.
The attack also wounded seven people including three police officers, he said.
The security situation in Fallujah — which lies west of Baghdad and was once a major bastion of the Sunni Arab insurgency — has improved dramatically in recent months as attacks throughout Iraq have dropped off.
However attacks still occur sporadically, including late July when a suicide bomber struck a Fallujah family mourning the death of a relative killing two people and injuring 10.
Separate roadside bombings in Mosul on Monday killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded four as they were on patrol in the west of the restive northern city, said a local policeman who declined to be identified.
Another attack in Iskandiriyah, south of the capital, killed one Shiite pilgrim and wounded three, local police said.
Two attacks just outside Hilla, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Baghdad, left two dead and 27 wounded, police and medical officials in the town said.
In one of the attacks, a car bomb exploded near a police checkpoint outside the ruins of Babylon north of Hilla, killing one person and injuring nine.
Another car bomb west of Hilla killed one person and wounded 18, five of them critically.
The number of violent deaths in Iraq fell by a third to 275 in July, the first month local forces have been in charge of security in urban areas since the 2003 US-led invasion.
Forty police and 12 soldiers were among those killed last month.
American troops withdrew from Iraq’s towns and cities on June 30 as part of a landmark security accord between Baghdad and Washington that calls on US forces to leave the country completely by the end of 2011.