Two car bombs went off nearly simultaneously in a Shiite area of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least eight and injuring dozens, police and hospital officials said. The first car was parked near a repair shop on the edge of the Shiite slum of Sadr City blew up. Minutes later, a suicide car bomber drove into the crowd that had gathered near the site.
Officials at hospitals where the victims were taken said at least eight people were killed and 41 wounded.
In the northern city of Kirkuk, meanwhile, a suicide truck bomb struck a Kurdish political office, killing four people and wounding seven, police said, according to the AP.
Gunmen also ambushed a bus in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah in western Baghdad, killing six passengers, including a woman, and the driver, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.
Elsewhere, a roadside bomb struck a police patrol near a restaurant in eastern Baghdad, wounding three policemen, police Lt. Ahmed Qassim said. A police patrol in the predominantly Shiite city of Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, also hit a roadside bomb, leaving one policeman dead and four wounded, army Capt. Hassim al-Khafaji said.
In another development, police said they uncovered five unidentified bodies in Suwayrah, 25 miles south of Baghdad. The bodies of five men also were found in Kut, 100 miles southeast of the capital, police Lt. Fikrat Mohammed said.