Spate of Baghdad bombings kills at least 16, wounds several in latest violence

Violence in Iraq has declined dramatically since its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad. (AP)

A spate of bombings in Baghdad on Thursday killed at least 16 people and wounded several more, security and medical officials said.

The deadliest attack took place in the north Baghdad neighborhood of Shuala, where a car bomb killed at least four people and wounded 14 others, an interior ministry official and a medic said.

Separate bombings also struck al-Amriyah, Ghazaliyah and Yarmuk in west Baghdad, and Dora in the south of the capital, all between 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) and 9:00 a.m., AFP reported.

An interior ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the overall toll at 16 killed and 37 wounded, while a medical official said seven people were killed and 14 wounded.

Differing tolls are common in the chaotic aftermath of attacks in Iraq.

Violence in Iraq has declined dramatically since its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad. A total of 126 Iraqis were killed in violence in April, according to official figures.

Last week, attacks north of Baghdad killed four people, including three soldiers who died in a bombing, security and medical officials said.

Among the violence, a roadside bomb against an Iraqi army patrol in the town of Badush, just outside the main northern city of Mosul, killed three soldiers, police First Lieutenant Salam al-Juburi said.

Another bomb attack and a shooting in the town of Abu Saidah, in restive central Diyala province, left one laborer dead and five people, including a soldier, wounded.

In the shooting, gunmen opened fire on a truck carrying workers, killing one and wounding four others, according to a police major and Ahmed Ibrahim, a doctor at the main hospital in the provincial capital Diyala.

A separate roadside bomb exploded close to a passing Iraqi army patrol, leaving one soldier wounded, the major and a medic said.

Two more roadside bombs near the home of a Kurdish family in Jalawla, also in Diyala, left two young men wounded, they said.

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