Three car bombs have killed at least nine people in Iraq.
A police officer said one of the explosives-rigged parked cars went off in an industrial area of the Shiite city of Karbala, killing four and wounding 25. Karbala is 50 miles south of Baghdad.
In Kut, another Shiite-dominated city 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, a car bomb went off near a gathering of construction workers and food stalls, killing two and wounding 14, police said.
A third blast targeting the head of Baghdad's provincial council in the capital's northern Azamiyah neighbourhood killed three and wounded eight.. The council head escaped unharmed.