BAGHDAD – An Iraqi police officer says a bomb has ripped through a vegetable market in the town of Mahmoudiyah, killing six civilians and wounding 18 others. The town is located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad.
Another police officer said another bombing, of a security patrol Wednesday, killed four soldiers and wounded three in the town of Khalis, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad.
Two medical officials confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
Violence in Iraq has been on rise since last year, which was the bloodiest since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2008.