At least 44 people died Thursday in acts of violence in Iraq, of whom about 30 perished in an explosion in the eastern province of Diyala, police told Efe.

A car-bomb explosion at a market in the town of Al Saadia, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Baquba, the capital of Diyala, killed 30 people and wounded 45.

Police said that the market was packed at the time of the blast, which also caused significant material damage to shops and the vehicles parked nearby.

In the western Al Ameriya district of Baghdad, a predominantly Sunni zone, six people died and 14 others were wounded in another car-bomb blast and the consecutive explosion of two other roadside bombs in a business district.

Elsewhere, three Iraqi soldiers died and six were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an army checkpoint in Al Tayi, 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) north of Baghdad.

Police also said that a member of the Kurdish security forces died and three others were wounded by gunmen in the Al Bekr neighborhood in the eastern part of the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, in the northwestern part of Iraq.

In addition, security forces killed two armed men shortly after the pair murdered a civilian in western Mosul, while two police officers were seriously wounded when a roadside bomb blew up as their vehicle was passing through the Salaheddin neighborhood nearby.

The attacks come a day after several car bombs and roadside bombs killed 47 people and wounded 130 in Baghdad.

Sectarian violence and terrorism have increased recently in Iraq with attacks frequently being staged against the security forces and the Shi'ite community.

According to U.N. and Iraqi government figures, about 1,000 people lost their lives in acts of violence nationwide in October, one of the bloodiest months the Middle Eastern country has experienced in the last five years. EFE