At least 37 people died and 50 were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a popular cafe in this capital's Al Amel neighborhood, a predominantly Shi'ite district located in the southwestern part of the city, Iraqi police told Efe.

The attack was supposedly carried out by a suicide bomber who had strapped explosives to his body and detonated them after entering the cafe, the sources said.

In addition, two civilians died and four others were wounded when a limpet mine affixed to a vehicle exploded on a highway in Baghdad's Al Ameriya zone.

In the nearby Gazaliya neighborhood, five people were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded.

The attacks come after a triple attack against a government complex on Sunday killed at least 12 people and wounded 30 in the town of Raua, in Al Anbar province in western Iraq.

In that attack, three suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts inside the town hall.

Meanwhile, in northern Iraq, at least six people died and five were wounded when a car bomb exploded near the home of a top police official in southern Tikrit, 170 kilometers (105 miles) north of Baghdad.

The dead included four cousins and two bodyguards of the police chief in the town of Raqa, in Salaheddin province, although the chief himself was unhurt in the attack.

Terrorism and sectarian violence have increased in Iraq in recent months, which have been the deadliest in the past five years in the Middle Eastern country with frequent attacks against security forces and the army and also against members of different religious sects. EFE