Car bomb kills 17 in Baghdad commercial district

A car bombed ripped through a commercial district in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing 17 civilians, in one of a series of attacks across Iraq that killed at least 29 people, police said. The explosion in the Bayaa neighborhood, also left 15 civilians wounded, police said. Insurgents exploded an earlier car bomb outside a police station in the town of Samarra, about 95 kilometers north of Baghdad, killing two policemen and a bystander and injuring three other police officers. A few minutes later, militants in the town attacked a police checkpoint near the al-Askari shrine, killing another police officer, police said.