BAGHDAD — Scattered bombings and gunfire killed five people and wounded 24 Wednesday in attacks around the Iraqi capital, including one on a bus of Iranian pilgrims headed to a Shi'ite religious ceremony.
The violence came as a Defense Ministry spokesman announced the arrest in the killing last month of a journalist as proof that Iraqi security forces are making headway in curbing insurgents.
In the deadliest attack, a car bomb outside a restaurant killed three people in the town of Taji, some 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Baghdad. The explosives-packed car also wounded 16 people, police and hospital officials said.
In Baghdad, gunmen killed two government officials and injured a third in separate attacks. A police captain and the head accountant for the Iraqi Supreme Court were each killed by attackers with silenced pistols in western Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.
In a northern neighborhood, gunmen targeted a counter-terrorism policeman but failed to kill him despite shooting him several times, police and hospital officials said.