At least nine people died, including five members of the security forces, and 16 were wounded in several attacks around Iraq, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told Efe.

At least three soldiers died and four other people were wounded when a bomb exploded as a military patrol was passing through the Shuri zone, 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Mosul, the capital of the northern province of Nineveh.

Also, a police officer died and two others were wounded when another bomb detonated as they were trying to defuse it near Hammam al Ali, 25 kilometers (16 miles) south of Mosul.

In the province of Salaheddin, north of Baghdad, a judge specializing in anti-terrorism cases died and his wife was seriously wounded when a car bomb blew up near their house in the Al Qadisiyah neighborhood in Tikrit, the provincial capital.

Two other people died and six were wounded when two mortar rounds hit a house in Abu Ghraib, 25 kilometers (16 miles) west of Baghdad.

In the capital, a civilian died and three others were wounded when a bomb exploded in the eastern Ur neighborhood.

The Interior Ministry source said that armed men killed a policeman with silencer-equipped pistols in the Al Yagifi district in the center of Fallujah, 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Baghdad.

Iraq is experiencing a resurgence of violence with many attacks directed against the security forces and the Shi'ite community, and those attacks have intensified since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 10.

According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis died and 2,326 were wounded in violent incidents in July, slightly more than reported by the Iraqi government, which registered 989 deaths and a little over 1,500 people wounded last month, the bloodiest in five years. EFE