Baghdad/ National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / Three people were killed and 13 others were injured in the explosion of two explosive devices in Al-She'la region northwest of Baghdad and in al-Madain
Separately, another suicide bomber struck an army checkpoint with his explosive-packed car in al-Madain
area, some 30 km southeast of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding five others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on the condition of anonymity.
Five other people were killed and 34 were wounded in separate attacks in the Southern city of Basra, located about 550 kilometers (340 miles) Southeast of Baghdad, and the central towns of Mahmoudiyah and al-Madain
In a separate incident, four people were killed, including a local leader of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group, in a car bomb explosion in al-Madain
area, some 30 km southwest of Baghdad, the source said.
Meanwhile, the source added that an improvised bomb exploded in Al-Madain
area south of Baghdad targeting a police patrol, killing two officers and injuring another, while six civilians were also injured.
In ancient times, Iraq was part of the Persian Empire, whose capital Al-Madain
was in the middle of Iraq.