Around 15 people have been killed in a bomb blast in a town near Basra in southern Iraq. At least another 30 were injured when two car bombs exploded, one at a bus terminal, the other at a market. Attacks of this nature in the town of Qurna are less frequent than in the north of the country.
In a separate incident near Baghdad, in the ethnically-mixed district of Diyala, gunmen attacked the house of a senior police official. Fourteen people were killed, and the four children of the police colonel were kidnapped. Authorities have blamed Sunni extremist group al-Qaeda for attacks aiming to aggravate sectarian tensions.