At least 12 people were killed and 15 others wounded when two car bombs exploded coordinately in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh on Wednesday, a provincial police source said.
The attack occurred after midday when two booby-trapped cars went off almost simultaneously near popular restaurants and marketplace in the town of Tel-Afar, some 60 km west of the provincial capital Mosul, the town's mayor Abdul-Aal Abbas told Xinhua by telephone.
The blasts caused severe damages to nearby restaurants and shops in the busy area, Abbas said.
Iraqi security forces cordoned off the scene as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the victims to the town's hospital, he said.
Nineveh province has long been a stronghold of insurgent groups, including al-Qaida militants. Its capital Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, has been one of the country's most restive cities after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.