BAGHDAD — Suicide bombers struck in Iraq for a third consecutive day Wednesday, killing at least 15 people in two attacks in the province of Diyala and raising fears of a renewed insurgent campaign targeting Iraqi security forces and government officials.
In the deadliest incident, a suicide bomber drove an ambulance packed with explosives into a police training center in Baqubah, a provincial capital about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. At least 13 people were killed and 70 injured in the midmorning attack, many of them trainees with the Facilities Protection Service, which guards state institutions and government dignitaries, according to Lt. Col. Ghalib Attiyah, police spokesman for the province of Diyala.
In the second attack, Attiyah said, a man wearing an explosive vest blew himself up near the convoy of a top provincial official during a gathering of Shiite pilgrims in the district of Khalis, north of Baqubah. The blast killed two and injured 15, including the official, Sadiq al-Hussaini, the deputy chairman of Diyala's provincial council.