At least nine people died Saturday and 50 more were wounded in a double attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmato, raising to 20 the number of fatalities on a day that saw a series of attacks around the country.

Police officials told Efe that the first device, a roadside bomb, exploded near the Imam Ali mosque in downtown Tuz Khurmato, and when people gathered there, a suicide bomber blew up a car bomb.

The final number of fatalities could well be higher since many of the wounded are in critical condition.

In the rest of the country, 12 people lost their lives in attacks in Baghdad, in the western city of Fallujah, and in the provinces of Nineveh and Diyala, to the north and northeast of the capital, respecitively.

In one of those incidents, two members of the pro-government Sunni militias known as the Salvation Councils were slain by armed men in the Baghdad neighborhood of Dura.

Iraq is going through a resurgence of sectarian violence and terrorist attacks, principally targeting security forces and the Shi'ite community.

On Nov. 14 at least 29 Shi'ites died and another 60 were wounded in a suicide attack in the province of Diyala, coinciding with the celebration of the Ashura religious festivities. EFE