At least 24 people have been killed in a series of car bombings in Iraq, and dozens more have been injured. It comes a day after the Iraqi parliament approved a new government by a large majority, despite failure to agree on several top posts. There were attacks this morning in the Athamiya and Saligh districts of Baghdad and in Mada’in south of the capital.
One of the car bombs in Baghdad reportedly struck a restaurant crowded with police and National Guardsmen eating breakfast.
Police sources say a deminer and a civilian have been killed in a bomb attack in Erbil, 350 kilometres north of Baghdad. Meanwhile a bomb near the town of Tikrit has killed one US soldier and wounded four others. It raises to 1,199 the number of US military personnel killed in action since the invasion two years ago.