Twenty-nine people were killed and 40 were wounded Wednesday morning in suicide bomb attacks in the Iraqi city of Baqouba, a police spokesman in the volatile Diyala province said.
Capt. Ghalib al-Karkhi said the bombings in the mixed Shi’ite-Sunni city, which is the province's capital, targeted the provincial headquarters, the Iraqi army and a hospital.
The blasts came in quick succession as Iraq was on high alert ahead of elections this Sunday.
US and Iraqi officials have warned repeatedly that insurgents were expected to launch attacks in an attempt to disrupt the crucial vote.