Police say the attack occurred early Friday in Diwaniyah province, about 130 kilometers south of the capital, Baghdad.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack in the predominantly Shi'ite area. Sunni militants recently have carried out a series of strikes on Shi'ite targets across the country.
On Thursday, a wave of bombings in predominantly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens of others.
The increase in violence coincides with a political crisis that has seen the Iraqi government plagued by infighting among sectarian factions and pressured by almost two months of protests in mostly Sunni regions.
Many Sunnis accuse Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of marginalizing and discriminating against their community.
from VOA News
March 01, 2013