Truck bomb kills 15 in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 2 (EFE).- At least 15 people died and more than 30 were wounded when a truck bomb exploded east of Baquba, the capital of the northeastern province of Diyala, a member of the Iraqi police told Efe.

The number of fatalities may rise because nine of the injured are in critical condition, the source said.

The blast took place near a car dealership in the Baladruz zone, 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Baquba, which is located about 50 km (31 mi.) northeast of Baghdad.

The explosion destroyed more than 14 civilian vehicles and caused extensive damage to nearby buildings, the source said.

Last Friday, a total of 38 people died and 70 were wounded in a series of attacks in the Al Dura neighborhood in southern Baghdad.

Iraq is experiencing a resurgence of sectarian and political violence. During 2013, 8,868 people - 7,818 of them civilians - were killed in violent incidents nationwide, according to U.N. figures.