Car bombing kills two in south Baghdad

A car bombing outside provincial
government offices south of Baghdad killed two people on Monday, the latest in
a series of attacks targeting Iraqi officials nationwide. The blast at 8:30 am (0530 GMT) in the city of Hilla, 95 kilometres (60  miles) south of the capital, also wounded 17 people and badly damaged shops and  cars, a policeman and a medic said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, and there were no details  available on the victims. But Sunni militants such as Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq regularly target  officials and security forces in a bid to destabilise the government and push  Iraq back towards the brutal communal bloodshed of 2005 to 2008.

Monday’s violence came a day after three attacks on government officials  north of the capital. The deputy governor of Kirkuk province and the head of a city council in  the province escaped separate assassination attempts, but the unrest still left  one senior municipal official dead and eight people wounded. Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks still  occur almost every day.