Police in Iraq say a car bombing near Baquba has killed at least six people and wounded 17 others, including (Akil Hamed) the deputy governor of eastern Diyala province. Several of the dead are policemen.
Several of those killed are said to be police officers.
A suicide driver set off the blast Monday outside the deputy governor's home in a village (Balad Ruz), 75 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.
South of the Iraqi capital, in Najaf, Shi'ite Muslim insurgents battled U.S. - led forces for a fifth straight day. U.S. military officials say at least 360 militiamen have been killed since fighting broke out Thursday.
Radical Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr vowed today that he and his armed supporters will continue fighting and will never leave the city.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.