Violence escalates ahead of June 30 withdrawal of U.S. forces
Several bombings have killed at least 13 people in the Baghdad metropolitan area. In the deadliest incident, Iraqi police say at least 5 people were killed and 20 wounded by a car bomb.
A roadside bomb exploded in Sadr City next to a bus carrying Iraqi high school students, killing at least three and wounding 13.
Police say another car bomb went off on the east side of the Tigris River, killing two people and wounding nine.
Violence has been prevalent ahead of the June 30th deadline calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from major cities in Iraq. Iraqi administrators expect militants to step up bombing attacks around the deadline.