A string of car bombs exploded Thursday in the Iraqi city of Balad, killing at least 62 people and wounding more than 70 others, a police official in Tikrit told CNN.
The bombs went off about 10 minutes apart in the center of the city, which is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north Baghdad. Two of the bombs went off in one location and the third in another.
A hospital official told The Associated Press that many of the wounded were seriously injured, with burns and mangled limbs.
Earlier, the U.S. Marines reported that five U.S. Army soldiers were killed Wednesday in Ramadi by a roadside bomb.