Death toll in Iraq bombings rises to 18

Baghdad, May 30 (EFE).- The death toll from the bombings in several Iraqi cities Thursday has risen to at least 18, with 73 other people wounded, a police spokesman told Efe Thursday.

Two car bombs exploded in Al Bonuk, a neighborhood on the east side of the Iraqi capital, killing five people and wounding 20 others.

A suicide bomber detonated the explosives packed into his vehicle near an army patrol in northern Baghdad, killing two soldiers and two civilians, and wounding 12 other people.

Three people were killed and 18 others wounded by two other car bombs at a shopping center in the southern part of the capital and in the Al Karrada district in central Baghdad.

At least 10 people were wounded in two bombings in Baladiyat, a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, and Saidia, on the capital's southwest side.

Gunmen, meanwhile, opened fire on a vehicle carrying border guards in Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Al Anbar, killing two officers.

A car bomb went off close to a government office complex in Ramadi, wounding two of Al Anbar Gov. Qasim al-Fahdawy's bodyguards and three other people.

Another car bomb killed four people and wounded eight others in Hay Saad, a neighborhood in Talafer, a city located 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Mosul, a police spokesman said.

At least two police officers and four suspected terrorists were killed in a shootout Wednesday night in Mosul's July 17 section, officials said.

Two of the terrorists died when they detonated their suicide vests, while the other two were shot by officers, a police spokesman told Efe.

Car bombs killed at least 20 people and wounded 60 others on Wednesday in Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad.

One of the attacks targeted a wedding party, officials said.

April was the bloodiest month in Iraq in nearly five years, with 712 people killed amid a wave of attacks.

The violence has continued in May with a series of bombings and other attacks.