At least five people were killed in new violence in Iraq on Thursday, including three civilians in roadside bombings south of Baghdad, medical and security sources said.
The civilians were killed in explosions around 8.00am in the village of Al-Khanafsa, north of the central Shiite shrine city of Karbala, a police officer said.
It was not immediately clear who was the target of the attack which also wounded three civilians, according to Jamal Abdullah, spokesman for Karbala provincial health services.
In the Al-Shaab neighbourhood of north Baghdad, an employee of the department of transport was assassinated by unknown attackers using guns with silencers, an official from the interior ministry said.
Police officer Abdulhussein Jassem was killed in similar fashion in the Qahira district of north Baghdad.
Violence levels are dramatically lower than at the peak of Iraq's sectarian bloodshed in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common. A total of 211 people were killed in violence in April, official figures showed.