A suicide truck bomber blew up near a Baghdad college on Tuesday, killing 16 people and wounding 38, police said.
Police said the truck exploded in a parking lot between the College of Economic Sciences, a private university in western Baghdad's residential Iskan district, and a large foodstuff warehouse belonging to the Trade Ministry.
Police said the blast destroyed one house and severely damaged others.
The explosion followed multiple bombings at two Baghdad markets on Monday that killed scores of people.
US-backed Iraqi forces have launched a crackdown in the city to quell sectarian bloodletting between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunnis, seen as a last chance to avert all-out civil war.
But it has made little impact so far on the unrelenting violence that has killed tens of thousands.