BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police say 17 people were killed and some three dozen wounded when a pickup truck packed with explosives blew up at a vegetable market Saturday evening in Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
Meanwhile in the country's north, gunmen broke into a family's house in the city of Mosul, shooting to death a man, his wife and son. Police says they are investigating the attack.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Iraq since attacks began accelerating in April following a deadly security crackdown against a Sunni protest camp in the northern town of Hawija.
The latest surge in violence has raised fears that Iraq could be returning to widespread sectarian killings similar to those that brought country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.