Car bomb attacks kill 3 people in Iraq


BAGHDAD (AP) — Two car bombs in a town south of Baghdad killed three people and injured seven on Thursday, Iraqi police and health officials said.

The first bombing took place early in the morning in a residential area of the predominantly Shiite town of Mahmoudiya, killing two people and wounding four, police officials said. Another car bomb went off seconds later at a parking lot near the town's electricity directorate, killing one person and wounding three. Mahmoudiya is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the Iraqi capital.

Meanwhile, police said car bombs in a predominately Yazidi town near the northern city of Mosul killed two people late Wednesday. Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking sect and religious minority. The bombings in the town of Baashiqa also wounded 12 people, police said.

Health officials at nearby hospitals confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Violence has ebbed in Iraq, but insurgent attacks are still frequent.