Baghdad (CNN) -- Twelve Iraqis were killed and 37 others were wounded Tuesday in five separate explosions across the Iraqi capital, according to Interior Ministry officials.
The first attack was a "sticky bomb" which was attached to a vehicle belonging to Iraq's Ministry of Trade. The device exploded on a highway in eastern Baghdad, killing the driver and critically wounding the ministry's director general, Ismaeil Hassan.
Nine others were killed and 27 were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on a busy street in the Abu Dsheeral-Naser square in central Baghdad, the Interior Ministry officials said. neighborhood of southern Baghdad. And one other civilian was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near his car in
About 420 km north of Baghdad, a police officer named Col. Eid al-jabouri was killed and four others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in central Mosul.
In al-Dora district in southern Baghdad, a municipal worker named Basma Fatah was killed when a "sticky bomb" attached to her car exploded while she was driving on a nearby highway.
A roadside bomb also exploded at an Iraqi police patrol in the same area, wounding four people, including two police officers, officials said.
Overall, violence is down in Iraq from high peaks between 2005 and 2007. Yet assassinations, bomb explosions, gunfire and mortar attacks remain regular occurrences across the country.