At least seven people were killed and 34 others injured in separate attacks in violence-plagued Iraq on Friday, police said. Three civilians were killed and seven others injured when a roadside bomb exploded near a fruit and vegetable market in Mahaweel, 50 km south of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.
The blast also caused damage to several shops nearby, he added. Two soldiers in the Iraqi army were killed and two others injured when a roadside bomb targeted their patrol in Abu Ghraib neighborhood, west of Baghdad.
A bomb exploded near a Friday prayer stage in Baquba, the capital city of Diyala province, killing one worshiper and wounding 19 others. A farmer was killed by unidentified gunmen near his home in the village of Kippah, 80 km northeast of Baghdad.
Two people were wounded when a roadside bomb went off in the town of Balad Ruz, 70 km northeast of Baghdad. Three members of Kurdish security forces and one civilian were wounded when a roadside bomb targeted a patrol of the Kurdish security forces in the north of the city of Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad.
Violence is still common in war-torn Iraq despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.