BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden car Sunday night into a busy cafe in Iraqs capital, part of a day of violence across the country that killed 45 people, authorities said.
The bombing at the cafe in Baghdads primarily Shiite Amil neighborhood happened as it was full of customers. The cafe and a nearby juice shop is a favorite hangout in the neighborhood for young people, who filled the area at the time of the explosions.
The blast killed 35 people and wounded 45, Iraqi officials said.
Violence has been on the rise in Iraq following a deadly crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest camp in the northern town of Hawijah in April. At least 385 have died in attacks in Iraq so far this month, according to an Associated Press count.
In a village north of Baghdad, a car bomb targeted a police officers house, killing his father, brother and five nephews, officials said.
Six others were wounded in the blast, which happened when the officer was not at home.
Security forces meanwhile foiled an attack on the local council of the western town of Rawah by five would-be suicide bombers disguised in police uniforms, said Muthana Ismail, head of the local security committee.
Ismail said two attackers were shot while the rest blew themselves up outside. Two police officers and an official were killed, while 20 people were wounded, he said.