BAGHDAD, (AP) – A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a hospital west of Baghdad on Sunday, killing three people and injuring five others, police and hospital officials said.
The officials said two women and a 10-year-old girl were killed in the attack in Amiriyat al-Fallujah near the city of Fallujah, 40 miles west of the capital.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to the media.
The attack follows a suicide bombing on Saturday that killed eight people and wounded 17 at a police checkpoint near Ramadi. Both Fallujah and Ramadi are located in Iraq’s Anbar province.
The violence comes two months after the U.S. handed control of the province over to the Iraqis and shows that militants have not given up the fight despite setbacks at the hands of U.S. and Iraqi forces.
Anbar, a predominantly Sunni Arab expanse stretching from the western edge of the capital to the borders of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, was long center stage of the war and a springboard for attacks inside Baghdad.