Violence resurging in Iraq, with death toll in 2013 highest in yearsUpdated: 2014-01-03 PM 5:59:18 (KST)
A suicide bomber driving a car full of explosives killed at least 12 people and wounded 25 others in Iraq Thursday.
The bomb went off outside a car showroom northeast of Baghdad.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The violence has intensified since April, after the Shia-led government carried out a deadly crackdown on a Sunni protest camp.
Tensions were further fueled during the past week following the arrest of a senior Sunni politician by authorities and after police dismantled a Sunni protest camp, killing at least 13.
On Thursday, al-Qaeda militants took control of almost half of the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province, where heavy fighting has been raging since Monday.
In a separate attack on the same day, a truck bombing claimed the lives of at least 19 people in a city north of Baghdad, as security forces and allied tribesman clashed to put down an uprising by al-Qaeda-linked militants.
In another attack that day, a minibus exploded, killing four and wounding six in Baghdad's Shaab district.
And earlier in the day, a roadside bomb exploded inside a street market taking the lives four people and injuring 11 others, south of Baghdad.
Earlier this week, the United Nations said over 7,8-hundred Iraqi civilians were killed in violent attacks in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.