Bombs struck Shi'ite targets in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding two dozen, and an adviser to a prominent Sunni politician was gunned down in a western section of the capital, police said.
The violence began about 8:45 a.m. when a bomb exploded in a square frequented by municipal workers from a nearby building in the mainly Shi'ite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah in southeastern Baghdad. Within minutes, another blast struck police arriving at the scene to help with rescue efforts.
In all, three civilians were killed and 11 people wounded, including four policemen, in the blasts, police said.
A roadside bomb struck a minibus near Kahramanah Square in Karradah, another predominantly Shi'ite neighborhood in central Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 12, police said.