BAGHDAD – Security officials say 16 people have been killed and dozens wounded in explosions within minutes of each other in two southern Iraqi towns.
At the end of the day's Ramadan fast at sundown, two cars exploded in a parking lot for minibuses in the Sunni-dominated town of Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad. Police and health officials said 10 people were killed, including two policemen, and 36 were injured.
Ten minutes later, about 12 miles away, two roadside bombs struck an open-air market in Madain, another Sunni town southeast of the capital. Officials said six people were killed and 15 wounded.
All officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.