Fighting in northern Iraq killed nine police and four gunmen Friday, while a car bomb targeting worshippers near a mosque north of Baghdad left seven dead, security and medical officials said.
The fighting between police and armed men in west Mosul, including mortar rounds fired at checkpoints, killed nine police and wounded seven, police and a doctor said.
Four gunmen were also killed in the clashes.
In Rashidiyah, north of Baghdad, the car bomb exploded as worshippers left Friday prayers at Al-Ghufran mosque, killing at least seven people and wounding 22, an interior ministry official and a medical source said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the mosque attack, but al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, often attacks civilian targets, including mosques.
And in Al-Amil in south Baghdad, a magnetic “sticky bomb” wounded a police captain, while a roadside bomb wounded three more police in Taji, north of the capital, the ministry official and medical sources said.
The violence came a day after the United Nations said April was the deadliest month for Iraq in almost five years.