Xinhua) -- At least six people were killed and 20 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq on Wednesday, a source at the Interior Ministry said.
A car bomb went off at a garage of a government office in Abu Ghraib area, some 25 km west of Baghdad, leaving three employees dead and seven wounded, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, gunmen in two sport utility vehicles opened fire on an Iraqi army checkpoint in Abu Ghraib area, killing two soldiers and wounding four others, the source said.
In the meantime, a second car bomb ripped through Baghdad's southern district of Jihad, killed a civilian and wounding five, the source added.
In addition, Qais al-Shather, a member of parliament from the Sunni-backed Iraqia bloc, survived unharmed a roadside bomb explosion near his convoy in the town of Madain, some 30 km southeast of Baghdad, wounding four people, the source said.
Violence has increased recently in the Iraqi cities as Iraqis are preparing for the provincial polls on Saturday to elect their provincial council members.