17 Mar 2010

Iraq bombs leave 8 dead

2:44 pm on 17 March 2010

Two bomb explosions in Iraq have killed eight people and injured more than 10 others.

The bombs went off within minutes of each other in the town of Mussayeb, south of Baghdad.

Police told the BBC the bombers had attached the devices under minibuses carrying passengers.

Earlier, a roadside bomb injured at least three police in eastern Baghdad. Their patrol car was hit as it drove past al-Mustansriya University.

The bomb blasts came nine days after a parliamentary election that Iraqis hoped would bring more stability.

Ballots are still being counted from the 7 March poll, but partial results show Prime Minster Nouri Maliki's State of Law coalition leading in seven of Iraq's 18 provinces, the BBC reports.