Two civilians died and six people were wounded when guerrillas fired a barrage of mortar rounds into eastern Baghdad (search).

An Interior Ministry spokesman says two people washing cars in a street near the former Iraqi National Olympic Committee (search) building died in the explosions.

Witnesses say at least four mortars landed within an hour in the same area on Palestine street, a main Baghdad thoroughfare, as cars were driving by.

Panicked people on the street were seen running for safety.

Meantime, to the north, in Mosul, unidentified gunmen shot and killed a university professor. Two gunmen fired on the woman's car as she was stopped at an intersection, and fled the scene.

The motive for the attack was not known.

Younis headed the translation department at the University of Mosul's College of Arts.