At least 11 dead as Iraq violence continues

Baghdad, Jun 17 (EFE).- At least 11 people died Monday including three police, while another 43 were wounded in a series of attacks at different places in Iraq, police sources told Efe.

The bloodiest attack was in Tayi, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad, where at least seven people were killed and another 20 were wounded when an explosive device went off in a popular restaurant.

At the same time at least one person died and another three were wounded by a bomb explosion north of the capital as a minibus passed through the Deraa Deyla district.

Meanwhile in Fallujah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad, three police officers lost their lives and another 20 were wounded by a suicide bomber who detonated a belt of explosives strapped to his body amid a group of cops stationed in front of a polling place.

Members of security forces cast ballots Monday for provincial councilors for Al Anbar and Nineveh. The other citizens of those two provinces go to the polls on June 20.

The elections in Nineveh and Al Anbar - the latter province includes Fallujah - were originally scheduled for April 20, but authorities postponed the vote for security reasons.

At least 28 people were killed and 143 were wounded Sunday in a wave of attacks, mostly perpetrated with car bombs in predominantly Shiite areas of southern Iraq.