A string of bombings killed nine people and wounded at least 33 others on Monday, including a senior Oil Ministry official, authorities said.
Six people died when two bombs one of them hidden in a trash cane exploded in Tahariyat square in central Baghdad during the morning rush hour. Police said 21 people were wounded, including 10 policemen and two women.
The explosions caused extensive damage to shops lining the square in the predominantly Shiite eastern side of Baghdad.
"Abdul-Sahib Salman Qutub, one of three senior undersecretaries in the Oil Ministry, suffered minor injuries also today ,when a bomb went off at his house as he left for work," ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said.
Jihad said Qutub's driver was seriously injured in the attack.
Another bomb exploded around noon near a police patrol in west Baghdad, injuring one policeman and a civilian, police said.
In Baqouba, some 60 kilometers northeast of the capital, a car bomb exploded in a parking lot across the street from the Diyala provincial council headquarters, killing two policemen and a 10-year-old girl, authorities said.
Nine others--three of them policemen--were wounded in the blast, which occurred while a conference on defending journalism and freedom of expression was going on inside the building. None of the meeting's participants were injured in the attack.
The police officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.