BAGHDAD — A pair of car bombs killed more than two dozen people on Saturday, shattering a recent period of calm and serving as a grim reminder that recent gains remain fragile.
The attacks included one in the Iraqi capital — the first major attack in more than a week — that killed at least 22 people and injured 54.
In other violence, a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fugitive was killed in a gunbattle with police in the western city of Ramadi, police said. He was one of four inmates who escaped during a jailbreak and ensuing riot at a Ramadi police station on Friday that left six police officers and seven insurgents dead.
Iraqi police said they killed escaped prisoner Emad Farhan in a gunbattle inside the home of a family he had taken hostage in western Iraq. The family was not harmed, the officer said. Farhan was considered a ranking leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
The latest bomb attack came in Baghdad's al-Zahra square, in the northern Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah.
The office of Iraqi army spokesman Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the blast killed at least 22 people, while a U.S. military spokesman, Capt. Charles Calio, said 20 were killed and 25 wounded.
An Iraqi soldier and two other people were killed and 10 others wounded when a car bomb exploded as they were trying to defuse it in Musayyib, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, an Iraqi police officer said.