(Updates casualty count with new attacks' toll)


At least eight civilians died and more than 30 were wounded Thursday night in two attacks in and near Baghdad, police told Efe.

At least six people, most of them youths, died and 18 others were wounded when a bomb exploded inside a packed cafe in Al Madaem, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of the capital.

The blast caused heavy material damage to the establishment and nearby stores.

Meanwhile, two people were killed and 13 were wounded when a bomb blew up outside a house where a wedding was being celebrated in Baghdad's western Amiriya sector.

The latest victims come after 28 people were killed earlier on Thursday in several attacks around the country.

Fourteen people were killed and 17 others hurt in two separate attacks in Iraq's Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, police sources told Efe.

A pair of closely spaced explosions left 11 people dead in the village of Nofel.

The bombs went off near a shop shortly before the hour of the "iftar" meal that marks the end of the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Three other people were killed by an armed group in Al Azim, Diyala, police said.

The incidents in Diyala came hours after 14 Shi'ite Muslim truck drivers were executed by suspected al-Qaeda sympathizers on a highway in the northern part of the country.

Sectarian and political violence has been on the upswing in Iraq this year and the situation has grown worse since the start of Ramadan two weeks ago.

Around 3,000 people have been killed and 7,000 wounded over the last four months, the top U.N. representative in Iraq, Martin Kobler, said last week. EFE