Reuters in Baghdad
Car bombs in two towns south of Baghdad and in the Iraqi city of Najaf killed a total of 20 people on Sunday and wounded 80, police and hospital sources said, in one of the most violent days of the past two weeks.
Three car bombs killed 11 people and wounded 38 in Mahmudiya, a town 20 miles south of Baghdad, according to police.
The first detonated in a car in a car park, the second in another car as police arrived at the scene and a third at the town’s police station, the police sources said.
In Madaen, a town 20 miles southeast of the Iraqi capital, two bombs killed five people and wounded 14 in a crowded market, police and hospital sources said.