Twenty-one people were killed in a spate of bomb attacks across Iraq today, one of the deadliest days of violence in the country since US troops left its cities three weeks ago.
More than 120 people were wounded in the attacks in Baghdad, Baquba to its north and Ramadi to its west, just a day after seven police officers and a soldier died.
In the deadliest single attack, five people were killed and 21 wounded by a bomb attack in the northeast Baghdad neighbourhood of Husseiniyah, security officials said.
The attack took place at around 815 pm (1715 GMT) in a popular market in the district.
In nearby Sadr City, a one-year-old baby and a girl of eight were among four people who died when a bomb exploded in a market, police and the defence ministry said. Thirty-four people were wounded.
Police defused another bomb in the same market.
Another four people, all workers, were killed and 31 wounded in an earlier twin bomb attack in Sadr City, a sprawling, overwhelmingly Shiite neighbourhood.
Two people lost their lives and six were wounded in a car bombing in the south Baghdad neighbourhood of Dora, while a company manager was killed by a sticky bomb in Taji, on the northern outskirts of the capital.