A car bomb ripped through a commercial district in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding at least 80 others, in one of the deadliest attacks in the capital in recent days.
The blast occurred about noon in the mixed Baiyaa neighbourhood, the scene of frequent sectarian violence, including a bombing and mortar attack last week that killed seven people. The bombing on Sunday came amid an 11-week crackdown by US-led forces intended to bring stability to Baghdad.
A car parked near the Labour Ministry exploded in the western Mansour neighbourhood at about 1:15 pm (local time), killing four people and wounding eight, police said.
The attacks were part of a wave of violence across Iraq on Sunday that killed a total of at least 41 people.
Insurgents exploded an earlier car bomb outside a police station in the town of Samarra, about 95 kilometres north of Baghdad, killing two police and a bystander and injuring three other police officers.
A few minutes later, militants in the town attacked a police checkpoint near the al-Askari shrine, killing another police officer, police said.
Iraqi police and soldiers are often targeted by insurgents, who see them as collaborators with US-led forces trying to stabilise Iraq.
Also on Sunday, a battle between unidentified gunmen and Iraqi forces in a market in the town of Baqouba 60 kilometres northeast of Baghdad left two civilians dead and injured a third civilian and a police officer, police said.