Sectarian violence continued in Iraq on Thursday, with a parked car bomb exploding at a bus stop near a busy shopping area around Rusafi Square on Rashid Street in central Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 12, police said.
"While cars were parking here, some of them were carrying passengers and other were not, an explosion took place. I think it was a bomb planted under a car," a local eyewitness told AP Television.
Some of the injured were sent to the nearby al-Kindi hospital for treatment.
Elsewhere in the capital, a mortar round hit a school in the predominantly Shiite area of Kazimiyah wounding 6 schoolgirls, according to eyewitnesses and residents.
The wounded were sent to Kazimiyah teaching hospital for treatment.
Last week a mortar attack on a secondary school in a Sunni Arab neighbourhood of Baghdad killed five pupils and wounded 20.
United Nations officials deplored the attack, calling the apparent targeting of children "an unforgivable crime."
Also on Thursday, a bomb tore through a minibus in a predominantly Shiite commercial district of Karradah, killing at least six people and wounding eight, police said.