Violence has spiked in Iraq in recent weeks, raising fears of a return to widespread sectarian bloodshed.

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BAGHDAD, June 9 — At least four people were killed and 17 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a police headquarters in the Iraqi capital on Sunday, police said.

The attack occurred at about 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the entrance of the headquarters located in Baghdad’s northern district of Kadhmiyah and blew it up, a source at the Interior Ministry told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The death toll of the attack could rise as ambulances and police vehicles were evacuating the victims to different hospitals and medical centers in the area, the source said.Violence and sporadic bomb attacks are still common in Iraqi cities despite dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

 

(Xinhua / NNA Nepal)