Iraqi police say two suicide bombings outside government buildings south of Baghdad have killed at least 20 people and wounded nearly 100 others.
Authorities say Monday's bombings struck outside a police station and a clinic in the town of Hillah, 95 kilometers from the capital. Officials say most, if not all victims were Iraqi policemen.
The bombings came as tens of thousands of U.S.-backed Iraqi forces entered the second day of a massive security sweep in Baghdad aimed at wiping out insurgents.
The operation follows a month of attacks by militants that left some 700 people dead, including 21 killed in the Baghdad areas Sunday.
In another development, Iraq's main Sunni political party (Islamic Party) says U.S. troops arrested its leader, Mohsen Abdul-Hamid, and his three sons today at their home in western Baghdad. There is no word on a reason for the arrests.
Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.