Heads found on highway
Iraqi police found nine heads Tuesday along a highway in Hadid, a town just west of Baquba about 37 miles (60 kilometers) north of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.
The heads were wrapped in black plastic bags and shoved into fruit boxes, authorities said. Their identities could not be immediately confirmed.
It was the second such discovery in four days.
On Saturday, eight other heads were found in Hadid and also had been stuffed into fruit boxes.
Also Tuesday, a roadside bomb exploded at Allawi bus station in central Baghdad, killing a woman and wounding a child, Iraqi police said. Police said the blast was targeting a passing U.S. military convoy.
Three mortar rounds landed at the Nadha bus station in central Baghdad later Tuesday, killing two civilians and wounding seven others, police said.
The bus facility is near the Iraqi Interior Ministry, and police said the compound was the target of the attack.
Gunmen also shot and killed a Baghdad neighborhood council member and two of his bodyguards Tuesday morning, an Interior Ministry official said.
According to the official, Sha'ban Nidham was traveling by car in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Jihad when gunmen opened fire.
Meanwhile, there was no word on the fate of 50 people kidnapped Monday in Baghdad.
The kidnappers were wearing the uniforms of Iraqi police commandos and driving at least 13 vehicles with Iraqi police markings when they raided three transportation companies, an Interior Ministry official said.