At least 27 people died and 125 were wounded on Sunday in attacks against Shi'ites in this capital and in northern Iraq, while nine other people died in other attacks, police told Efe.

The bloodiest attack occurred in Qobat, a mostly-Shi'ite town located in the northern province of Nineveh, where at least 15 people died and 100 were wounded when two car bombs driven by suicide attackers blew up.

Among the victims in that incident, which occurred near a police station and an elementary school, were both police officers and students.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad at least 12 people died and 25 were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his belt of explosives amid Shi'ite tourists and pilgrims in the northern Al Qahira neighborhood.

In Al Kazemiya on Saturday, at least 51 people died and 110 were wounded in another suicide attack against Shi'ite pilgrims.

Aside from the attacks on Shi'ites, nine people died in other attacks around the country, most of them members of the security forces.

A bomb exploded in the Abu Feray zone in western Al Anbar province as a police patrol was passing by, killing two officers and wounding two more.

A group of armed men used machineguns to attack the home of a police officer in the Ameria Fallujah area south of the city of Fallujah, killing the man and his brother.

Terrorism and sectarian violence have increased in Iraq in recent months with frequent attacks on the security forces and the Shi'ite community.

In September, 979 people died in the ongoing violence in Iraq, compared with 804 who lost their lives in August, according to U.N. figures. EFE