A wave of attacks in the Iraqi capital have killed at least 13 people and injured 24 others, including women and children, security officials said on Sunday. In the deadliest attack at least nine people were killed and 13 injured in a car bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad's Bayaa district, a mainly Shiite area in the southwest of the capital, police said.
According to AFP, workers at the nearby Yarmouk hospital said women and children were among those injured in the midday attack.
Two policemen were also killed by sniper fire in the western neighbourhood of Mansour, police told AFP, while two guards manning a checkpoint in the mainly Sunni quarter of Dora were killed in a drive-by shooting. The guards were members of the Awakening movement, former Sunni rebels recruited by the US military to fight against Al-Qaeda.
In central Baghdad's Palestine street, a major commercial thoroughfare, a roadside bomb injured at least seven people on Sunday, including two police, officials said. A police patrol just north of Baghdad in Wasziriya was also targeted by a roadside bomb which wounded three policemen and a civilian.
The US military, meanwhile, said it had detained three suspects, including a man who may be linked to the city's car bomb networks.