A rapid-fire series of explosions in and around Baghdad killed 13 people today, including seven who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police officers, officials said.
In total, at least 10 bombs exploded as Iraqis headed to work in a reminder of the dangers Iraq still faces despite a drop in violence since the height of the war. At least seven of the dead were police officers.
The worst single attack came near the city of Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad.
Police officers had gathered after a roadside bomb targeting a passing American military convoy blew up. When the police arrived on the scene, a suicide bomber walked into the crowd and blew himself up, police and hospital officials said.
Five police and two civilians died and 19 people, including 15 policemen, were injured, the officials said.
Earlier in the capital, the beginning of the work week was shattered by a quick series of blasts in mostly Shiite neighbourhoods.
A car bomb in a parking lot in eastern Baghdad’s Sadr City neighbourhood exploded, injuring five people and damaging several nearby cars.
Minutes later, also in Sadr City, a bomb hidden in a pile of rubbish exploded, killing one person and wounding five more.
Then five minutes later another roadside bomb, this time targeting a police patrol, exploded injuring three policemen and four bystanders.
In the southwestern neighbourhood of Bayaa, the morning calm was shattered by five explosions that went off in rapid succession.
First a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol. Then a minute later another roadside bomb went off in a commercial street followed by two roadside bombs hidden in a pile of rubbish on a highway.
Finally, a parked car bomb went off on a road that marks the intersection between Bayaa and the adjoining neighbourhood.
In total, five people were killed in Bayaa, including two policemen, and 15 people were injured, including six policemen, police and hospital