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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A car bombing in a town on the eastern outskirts of Baghdad killed 30 people and wounded 38 others on Saturday evening, emergency police said.

Six cars were destroyed in the bombing in Nahrawan, a predominantly Shiite industrial area. It wasn't clear if it was remotely detonated or a suicide bombing.

Earlier Saturday, nine unidentified Iraqis were found in Baghdad shot to death execution-style, and an Iraqi soldier was killed in fighting in Baquba.

The discovery of the bodies, the soldier's death, and fighting in Tal Afar are the latest events in a wave of violence this week in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.

In the northern city of Tal Afar, the U.S. military said, two insurgents were killed after a U.S.-Iraqi patrol was attacked during the Operation Restoring Rights offensive in that city.

The Iraqi soldier was killed when a suicide car bomb detonated Saturday morning at an Iraqi Army checkpoint in central Baquba. Four soldiers were wounded, along with 13 civilians, hospital officials told CNN. Baquba is north of Baghdad in Diyala province.

The nine men whose bodies were found appeared to have been tortured. They were discovered, shot in the head, in three Baghdad neighborhoods, Baghdad emergency police said.

Baghdad on Saturday

In other violence, two Iraqi police commandos and an Arab Sudanese truck driver were wounded in separate attacks in Baghdad.

The police commandos came under small arms fire at 10 a.m. Saturday in the southern neighborhood of Saydiya on Saturday morning, Baghdad emergency police said.

The truck driver was wounded when his convoy of two trailers came under rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire Saturday on the western Baghdad international highway between Ghazaliya and the Abu Ghraib prison.

The convoy was transporting supplies to a U.S. military base, according to Baghdad emergency police.

Wave of bombings

Saturday was the fourth day of a violent week. Wednesday became one of the bloodiest days since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion when at least 10 car bombs were exploded in Baghdad and other cities.

The violence continued Thursday with four suicide car bombings in Baghdad, a gun attack on pilgrims in Karbala and roadside blasts in the northern cities of Mosul and Kirkuk.

The group al Qaeda in Iraq purportedly claimed responsibility for Wednesday's strikes, saying they were in retaliation for the U.S.-Iraqi offensive to root out insurgents in Tal Afar.

A U.S. military official said the surge in violence was expected in the weeks leading up to the referendum on the country's draft constitution, which is scheduled for October 15.

Iraq's President Jalal Talabani asked the world for help in defeating terrorism in his country in a speech to the United Nations Thursday.

Raids yield suspects, weapons

Also in Tal Afar, U.S. and Iraqi forces detained "six people suspected of terrorist activity" and seized three weapons caches in a raid.

In a raid earlier this month in Mosul, coalition forces reported Saturday, two top al Qaeda leaders in that city were captured.

The military described one of the men, Abu Fatima, as al Qaeda in Iraq's emir of Mosul. The officials said he directed al Qaeda in Iraq's day-to-day operations in Mosul, including attacks on Iraqi security and coalition forces. The other, Abu Shahed, is suspected of performing the same role for al Qaeda in western Mosul, the military said.

The coalition said their capture will damage the organizational structure of al Qaeda's northern Iraq network.

Meanwhile, coalition forces said they raided two suspected al Qaeda safe houses for foreign fighters in Iraq. The raid Saturday turned up a homemade bomb and other weapons, but the suspected fighters had fled before troops arrived.

Sectarian fighting

Police reported Saturday that gunmen from the Temeem tribe in the Taji area took over the southwestern part of that city, north of Baghdad.

The tribe issued a statement saying that 18 of its people, all men, were executed on Wednesday by gunmen dressed in Iraqi army uniforms.

"All were innocent farmers with no relation to any authority nor politics, its clear to all that their killing is only because they were Shiite," according to the statement.

Earlier in the week, a powerful Sunni group denounced a top militant and called for Sunni-Shiite brotherhood.

Sectarian strife between Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs in Iraq has raised the specter of a civil war between the two groups.

Sunni Arabs, who make up about 15 to 20 percent of the population, prevailed under the Saddam Hussein regime. During that time, Shiite Arabs and Kurds were persecuted. Now, Shiites and Kurds dominate the government and the insurgency is largely Sunni Arab itself.

CNN producer Enes Dulami contributed to this report.

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