At least 36 people died Saturday in a series of attacks in Iraq, including 20 who lost their lives in a suicide bombing against Shi'ite pilgrims headed for the Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, police officials told Efe.

The explosion in Kazimiyah, a largely Shi'ite neighborhood, also left 55 people wounded who were taken to hospitals for treatment, according to the officials, who said that even more victims might be found.

Also in the capital, one civilian died and another 10 were injured when a bomb exploded near a popular cafe in the southwest district.

Meanwhile, at least 10 people were killed Saturday and another 35 suffered wounds of varying degrees of seriousness when a car bomb blew up near another cafe in the town of Balad in Salahaddin province north of Baghdad.

Elsewhere, an armed group gunned down Saturday two journalists from an Iraqi television channel as they were working in downtown Mosul, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Baghdad.

Three members of the so-called Salvation Councils - pro-government Sunni militias - died and four were wounded by an exploding bomb near a checkpoint in the Youssifiyah district, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the Iraqi capital.

Terrorism and sectarian violence have increased in Iraq over the past few months, with frequent attacks against security forces and the Shi'ite community.

Last month, 979 people died in acts of violence, an increase over August when 804 were killed, according to the United Nations.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said last Wednesday in a speech that his country needs international and regional backing to put an end to the deadly terrorist attacks. EFE