13 killed in Iraq blasts
A bomb attack in the Iraqi province of Diyala on Sunday killed seven people, including the wife and two children of a leader from a Kurdish political party, locals told AFP. The bomb went off in the town of Qara Tappa outside the house of Mohammed Ramadan Eisa, a local leader of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the town's mayor Sherwan Shukra said.
"Eisa was seriously wounded in the blast but his wife, mother-in-law, his two children, one brother and two of his guards were killed," Shukra told AFP. The attack happened at around 12:30 pm (0930 GMT) in the town 70 kilometres (43 miles) north of Baquba, the provincial capital. A local police officer said three more of Eisa's guards were injured in the attack.
Meanwhile, a car bomb targeting a police patrol exploded near a market in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least six people and injuring 14, security officials said. The blast occurred near a local market in Baghdad's northeastern Shiite Al-Shab neighbourhood, they said.
The six dead included a woman, a security official with the interior ministry said, adding the wounded included three policemen.