BAGHDAD, Feb 13 (AP): Police officials said a suspected suicide bomber killed five people and wounded 32 others, including children, in eastern Baghdad early Monday.
The bombing happened in New Baghdad at 9:40 a.m. after a men wearing what police said were explosives under his clothing stood among a group of people waiting at a bank.
Lt. Ali Abbas said the man then detonated his explosives, killing five Iraqi civilians and wounding 32 other people, including three children, nine women and a policeman.
In the violence-plagued city of Baquba gunmen shot dead four men, three of them brothers, early in the morning as they left their home west of the city, police and interior ministry officials said.
One of the men was an official in the powerful Shiite political party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.
The mixed province of Diyala has seen numerous sectarian-related shootings between Sunnis and Shiites.
South of Baghdad, in the town of Iskandiriyah, a roadside bomb killed two police officers.
In Baghdad itself, a bomb detonated next to the convoy of former electricity minister Ayham al-Samarraie, injuring three bodyguards and one female passerby, as it passed through the upscale neighbourhood of Al-Mansour.
Two other people, in the western Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Amal, were also injured when a bomb went off near them.
Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein sparred with the judge in his trial on charges of crimes against humanity Monday after telling the court he had been dragged back before the tribunal against his wishes.
"Down with the traitor, down with traitors, down with Bush.. long live the ummah (Islamic nation)... long live the ummah..long live the ummah..," roared the ousted Iraqi dictator as he arrived under tight security in the Baghdad courtroom.
"I was forced into the courtroom," Saddam angrily told chief judge Rauf Rasheed Abdel Rahman, whose tough handling of the trial had triggered a boycott by all eight defendants at the last hearing on February 2.
"This is not a court this is a game," Saddam shouted, pounding on a podium in the dock.