Twin car bombs in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday killed 26 people and wounded 56, many of them women or traffic police, the Baghdad operations command said.
The bombs exploded within minutes of each other at around 0830 GMT in the Al-Yarmuk neighbourhood of west Baghdad, a security official said.
The vehicles were parked close to government offices where identity cards and passports are issued, and large queues of people had formed to seek renewals. Traffic police offices and a branch of the Iraqi Commercial Bank also lie nearby in the same square which was thronged with people on the first day of the working week.
"The bank branch was seriously damaged," the security official said. The bombings came hot on the heels of a string of attacks in the capital last evening. Three roadside bombs planted in Hurriya, a Shiite neighbourhood in the north of Baghdad, killed four people and wounded 16, a security official told AFP.
Fire from a Katyusha multiple rocket launcher killed three people and wounded four in Al-Obeidi, an anarchic Shiite slum district in the far east of the capital beyond the sprawling Shiite bastion of Sadr City, an official said. (AFP)