BAGHDAD, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Two car bombs went off in and near the city of Basra in southern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding some 15, a police source said.
In one attack, a booby-trapped car went off at a marketplace in Garnat-Ali area, some 20 km north of Basra, killing ten people and wounding 12 others, the source from Basra police said on condition of anonymity.
A second car bomb detonated at the parking lot of Saad Square in Basra, some 550 km south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, wounding three people, the source said.
The toll could rise as ambulances and civilian vehicles were evacuating people to different hospitals and medical centers in the city, he said.
Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.