Gunmen opened fire on a bus heading south from Baghdad to the mainly Shiite provincial capital of Hilla on Tuesday, killing 11 Iraqi men, women and children, says police.
"The bus was carrying people to Hilla from Baghdad and was attacked as it passed Iskandiriyah," police Lieutenant Haider al-Lami says. "Three women and two children were among the dead, and three people were wounded."
Police found the yellow minibus by the side of the road just north of the town of Iskandiriyah, a flashpoint for insurgent activity.
Witnesses said six gunmen in two vehicles swooped down on the minibus and riddled it with bullets, the officer added.
While it was not known whether the victims were Sunni or Shiite, the entire agricultural region just south of the capital has been a focus for sectarian violence.