Seven people were killed in Iraq’s western province of Anbar Tuesday evening, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a popular market in the central town of Heet, around 160 km from Baghdad.
Three others were injured in this suicide attack.
According to Xinhua, the death toll could rise as ambulances, police and civilian vehicles evacuated the victims to the town's main hospital and medical centres, the source said.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Islamic State militant group, in most cases, is responsible for such suicide attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Terrorist acts, violence and armed conflicts killed 345 Iraqis and wounded 446 others in May across Iraq, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said.
The attack came as Iraqi security forces, backed by the anti-IS international coalition, were simultaneously conducting a major offensive to dislodge IS militants from their remaining redoubt in the western side of Mosul.
(With IANS inputs)