At least 34 people died and 150 were wounded, including several police officers, in a suicide car-bomb attack carried out Sunday on a police checkpoint in the Iraqi city of Al Hila, a security forces source told Efe.

The suicide bomber detonated the explosives-packed vehicle he was driving at the checkpoint located at the main entrance to the capital of Babel province, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Baghdad.

The blast killed dozens and caused substantial material damage to the 30 or so vehicles that were in the vicinity, some of which burst into flames.

Meanwhile, a group of armed men set up a fake checkpoint and fired on a microbus owned by the Norte oil company, killing three workers in the city of Al Tuz, north of Baghdad.

Also, a bomb exploded when the convoy of legislator Nahda al Daini, with the opposition United alliance, was passing in the western province of Diyala.

The lawmaker was unhurt in the assassination attempt, but 13 people were wounded in the explosion.

Iraq is experiencing an increase in sectarian violence and terrorist attacks, which last year killed more than 8,860 people, 7,818 of them civilians, according to United Nations figures. EFE