A roadside bomb on Monday blasted an Agriculture Ministry convoy in southeastern Baghdad, killing three security guards and injuring another, officials said.
The explosion targeting the Ministry employees took place in the Zayouna area of the city. Agriculture Minister Yarrub Nazim was not in the convoy, the AP reported.
Elsewhere, a joint Iraqi-U.S. patrol was targeted by two roadside bombs detonated some 50 yards apart in western Baghdad Monday afternoon, wounding two civilians, police said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military said Monday five soldiers were killed and two others were injured in separate incidents in Iraq on Sunday. Three of the deaths were not combat-related, Kuwait's KUNA news agency reported. One died by a roadside bomb southwest of the capital, while another died in combat, the military said.
In the Salahuddin province northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi-led forces backed by American warplanes staged raids against suspected training bases, including sites linked to anti-aircraft batteries, the U.S. military said. At least seven suspects were reported killed.