12 Die in bombings in eastern Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 10 (EFE).- Twelve people were killed and 27 others injured Tuesday in a string of bombings in the eastern province of Diyala, an Iraqi police source told Efe.

Four people died and nine were hurt when an explosive device went off near shops in Al Salam, 30 kilometers (19 miles) northeast of Baquba, the provincial capital.

A car-bomb attack 30 minutes later next to a busy coffee shop in the nearby village of Al Hueish left five dead and 13 wounded.

In Al Bawiya, just east of Baquba, three people were killed and five injured when a bomb was detonated as a vehicle passed.

No one was hurt when an explosives-laden vehicle blew up in Al Khales, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the provincial capital, but the blast caused heavy damage to buildings and parked cars.

Diyala's mixed population - of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen - and sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims have made the province a battleground.

More that 800 people died last month in Iraq as a result of political or sectarian violence, bringing the civilian death toll for the year so far to around 5,000, the U.N. mission in Baghdad said.