The death toll of Thursday's triple bombings in southern Iraq's port city of Basra has risen to 19 and the number of those injured climbed to 67, a police source said.
The police officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity through telephone that among the deaths are two of the deputy police chiefs of Basra province and one army brigade commander.
A roadside bomb exploded at a crowded al-Haramiya market and as locals and police rushed to the scene to help the injured, another roadside bomb and one motorcycle bomb exploded, causing more casualties.
The source said a number of nearby vehicles and buildings were damaged in the incident, adding that many of the casualties were police and army troops who were guarding the scene of the first blast.
Basra, a relatively peaceful city, has seen increase of violence recently.