At least eight people, including a leader of the pro-government Salvation Councils, died Sunday and 17 others were wounded in several attacks in Iraq, an official with the Interior Ministry told Efe.

The bloodiest attack came in the Al Ameriya zone in western Baghdad, where four people died and 13 were wounded when two homemade bombs exploded.

Armed men attacked the home of a leader of the Salvation Councils, identified at Hazem al Hayem, in the industrial part of southern Kirkuk, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the capital.

Al Hayem and one of his nieces died in the attack, while another relative of the pro-government Sunni militia leader was seriously wounded.

A professor died when a bomb exploded at the entrance to his farm in the Abi Sayda zone, 30 kilometers (19 miles) northeast of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province.

A roadside bomb exploded in the city of Beiyi, in Salaheddin province, as a policeman was driving by, killing him.

Another member of the Salvation Councils and two of his brothers were wounded when a bomb blew up near their house in the town of Balur, 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Baquba.

In addition, security forces found the body of Hussein Atwan, a member of the administrative council of the Al Rachad zone in Kirkuk.

Atwan's body - bearing bullet wounds in the head and chest - was found a day after he was kidnapped.

The last few months have been the bloodiest in Iraq in five years with about 1,000 people dying in violent incidents in July. EFE