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Iraqi children look on after a road side bomb detonated near by as the vehicle of a local official drove by, in the Karada shopping area of central Baghdad, on August 25, 2009 (AFP)

Iraqi children look on after a road side bomb detonated near by as the vehicle of a local official drove by, in the Karada shopping area of central Baghdad, on August 25, 2009 (AFP)

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi officials say a local official and four other people have been wounded when a bomb attached to a car exploded in Baghdad.

Police say Tuesday’s blast targeted the convoy carrying the district administrator of a mainly Shiite district in eastern Baghdad.

Police say Issam al-Eboudi was wounded along with three guards and a bystander.

Iraqi officials also raised the casualty toll in Monday’s twin bus bombings near the southern city of Kut to 13 killed and 25 wounded. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information.

A spike in violence since the June 30 withdrawal of U.S. forces from urban areas has raised fresh concern about the readiness of Iraqi forces to take over their own security.

Iraqi police inspect the scene of a road side bomb that detonated as the vehicle of a local official drove by, in the Karada shopping area of central Baghdad, on August 25, 2009 (AFP)

Iraqi police inspect the scene of a road side bomb that detonated as the vehicle of a local official drove by, in the Karada shopping area of central Baghdad, on August 25, 2009 (AFP)

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki inspects the site at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Baghdad August 24, 2009, following Wednesday's bomb blast (REUTERS)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki inspects the site at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Baghdad August 24, 2009, following Wednesday’s bomb blast (REUTERS)

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