BAGHDAD, March 19 (Xinhua) -- At least ten people were killed and 34 others wounded in three car bombs in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.
A car bomb parked near a popular restaurant detonated near the entrance of the Green Zone, which houses the Iraqi government offices and some foreign embassies, including the U.S. embassy, killing five people and wounding 15, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Two soldiers were among the killed, while five others were among the wounded, the source said.
In a separate incident, a car bomb went off close to a government office near al-Mudhafar Square in Sadr City neighborhood in the eastern part of Baghdad, killing two policemen and two civilians, while 12 were wounded, including three policemen, the source added.
A third car bomb exploded in al-Utiefiyah district in central Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven others, he said.
The attacks are part of a series of bombings and shootings in central Iraq on Tuesday, which reportedly killed at least 20 people and wounded some 97 others.
The toll could rise as ambulances and civilian vehicles were evacuating people to different hospital and medical centers in the city.
Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.