Baquba is the capital of the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.
Two deadly car bombs exploded in Iraq on Sunday.
Six civilians were killed and 25 others wounded when a car bomb exploded near a bus stop in Kirkuk, local police said.
The bomb detonated about 2:45 p.m. local time in al-Iskan, a commercial area of the northern Iraqi city.
The oil-rich city of Kirkuk is ethnically diverse, with large populations of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen jockeying for power.
Yesterday a kidnapping targeting officials (shieks in this case) working with the US. Amit R. Paley's "11 Shiite, Sunni leaders kidnapped in Iraq" (Washington Post via San Jose Mercury News):
Eleven tribal leaders who had banded with U.S. soldiers to fight the Sunni insurgent group Al-Qaida in Iraq were kidnapped Sunday morning, the latest in a string of such attacks, fellow tribesmen said.
The Shiite and Sunni sheiks, members of the Al-Salam Support Council, a group fighting Al-Qaida in Iraq in volatile Diyala province, were taken from their cars by gunmen as they returned home from a meeting in Baghdad with a government official, the tribesmen said.
Hadi al-Anbaki, a spokesman for the mostly Shiite council, said the attack was carried out by the Mahdi Army, a militia controlled by the anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. "This was an ambush," Anbaki said.
The kidnapping highlighted the complex and quickly shifting nature of the bloodshed convulsing Iraq, with Shiite and Sunni groups increasingly targeting members of their own sects who align themselves with U.S. forces.
Meanwhile Paul Bibby (Sydney Morning Herald) reports that Andrew Wilkie ("former Australian intelligence officer turned Greens candidate" and "former Lieutenant-Colonel") has stated the death of two Australian soldiers in Afghanistan (Matthew Locke last week and David Pearce earlier in the month) should not have happened, that they "died unnecessarily because we should not have still been there" and he pins the reason Australian troops are still in Afghanistan on the US led illegal war in Iraq. Wilkie: "We would not have been in Afghanistan now if we had finished the job back when we could have finished the job in 2002. But because we were distracted by Iraq we really drew down on our forces in Afghanistan to go to Iraq. That allowed the anti-Government forces, primarily the Taliban, to be the serious threat that they are. Those two diggers died unnecessarily."
Australia holds national elections Saturday, November 24th. Bully Boy athletic cup holder John Howard may or may not remain as prime minister.
Meanwhile David Humphries (Syndey Morning Herald) reports that those in active duty service are leaning towards voting Labor in the election. Who will be left to vote for John Howard? (Howard is in the -- don't let the name fool you -- Liberal Party of Australia.)