A bomb hidden in a parked minibus went off in Baghdad's main wholesale market on Tuesday, killing two Iraqis and injuring five, police said. Fighters meanwhile killed an American soldier and two Iraqi civilians in attacks using roadside bombs.
The minibus bomb exploded in Shorja, a market where wholesalers use warehouses, stalls and shops to sell food, clothing and house products to businessmen and shoppers. At least two Iraqis were killed and five wounded, said Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi, an Interior Ministry policeman.
According to the AP, a roadside bomb killed the U.S. soldier Monday night about 40 miles south of Baghdad.
Gunmen also attacked the governor of the western province of Al-Anbar who escaped unhurt.
A roadside bomb missed a U.S. convoy in Waziriyah, northern Baghdad, but killed an Iraqi pedestrian Tuesday, said police Cap. Ali al-Obeidi. Another roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol in western Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded another.
North of Baqouba, gunmen attacked a stone quarry, killing the guard and kidnapping the quarry owner's son, police said.
Police also found the bodies of four Iraqi men on the streets of Kazimiyah, a Shiite neighborhood in northern Baghdad, al-Mohammedawi said.
On Monday, at least 15 bullet-riddled bodies were found in the capital, Iraq's Interior Ministry said.
U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 100 gunmen last week in the town of Ramadi, the U.S. military said on Tuesday. Two Iraqi soldiers also died in the fighting, the military said according to Reuters.
Reuters reported there were heavy clashes last week between U.S. forces and Iraqi fighters inside Ramadi.
The US military also said its troops killed 10 foreign "terrorists." In a pre-dawn operation near the northern town of Balad, a team of US assault troops shot dead 10 "terrorists", the US military said.
It said the incident took place as the forces were "searching for an Al-Qaeda terrorist leader."