At least 33 people, including five soldiers, died Sunday and dozens were wounded in a series of attacks in Iraq, the majority of them using car bombs, an official with the Interior Ministry told Efe.

The deadliest attack came at a popular market in the eastern city of Baquba, killing 13 and wounding 36 when a vehicle exploded.

Five Iraqi army soldiers lost their lives when armed men attacked a checkpoint in the Shura zone, in the northern province of Nineveh.

After the strike, the attackers fled and their whereabouts are currently unknown.

Four other people died and 21 were wounded when a car bomb exploded in an attack directed against Judge Hazem al Azaui, who was wounded and taken to the hospital, in the city of Balad, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad.

In the capital, several bomb attacks killed nine people, the most serious staged against a coffeeshop in the northeastern part of the city, where two people died and eight were wounded.

Another car bomb blew up near a high school in the Baghdad's southeastern Al Amin neighborhood, killing two and wounding seven, while a similar incident in the Zayuna area also killed two and wounded seven.

Two other people died and three were wounded when a limpet bomb planted on the highway in the Al Nahruan zone in southeastern Baghdad, blew up.

In addition, one person was killed and five others were wounded in a bomb blast in the Al Shurta al Raba zone in southwestern Baghdad, while two people were wounded in a similar incident in the Al Gazalia zone in the western part of the capital.

In the province of Diyala, a police officer was shot to death by unknown gunmen in the Al Abara zone, 14 kilometers (about nine miles) northeast of Baquba.

Also in Baquba, one person died and 10 others were wounded when a bomb exploded in the Bab al Darb neighborhood. EFE