Iraq bus station bombing kills 11

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Bombs exploded at a bus station and a small market in Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding 26 others today, police and hospital officials said.

A bomb hidden under a car exploded at a bus depot in the predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of Mashtal on the capital's east side, killing seven people, including one women. Eighteen others were wounded in the attack, authorities said.

In the northern Shiite-dominated district of Qahira, four people were killed and eight others injured when a roadside bomb exploded near a market place, police said.

Also today, one person died when a roadside bomb targeted the convoy of a Shiite government official and former member of the Iraqi Governing Council in central Baghdad.

Ahmed Shiyaa al-Barak, who currently serves as the head of a government real estate commission, escaped the attack without injury. Five of his guards and four bystanders were injured in the bombing, police said.

In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide bomber rammed his car into a passing police patrol, injuring four officers, police said.

Two other attacks also took place today in Mosul, which has experienced a spike in violence in recent months. A roadside bomb struck an army patrol, injuring an officer, and a policeman was injured when an unknown gunman opened fire on him.

Elsewhere, the US military said one civilian died on the scene of a road accident with coalition troops near the city of Tikrit, 80 miles north of the capital.

A second Iraqi died after being rushed to an aid station.

Iraqi police said an American Humvee ran over four Iraqis while they were trying to hang a banner in the middle of a road, killing two and wounding two others.

Violence has dropped in Iraq since the US military and Iraqi security forces have gained the upper hand against insurgents, but scattered attacks still occur almost daily.