Police in Iraq say 17 people have been killed in a car bomb explosion south of Baghdad.

Officials say Saturday's blast occurred near a hospital in Musayyib, about 55 kilometers south of the Iraqi capital. About 20 people were injured.

Earlier Saturday, masked assailants in the southern city of Basra shot and killed a judge, Taha al-Amiri, who had worked in Saddam Hussein's regime.

Meanwhile, police in the northern city of Mosul say they have discovered the bodies of at least six Iraqis who had been shot in the head and chest.

The violence comes one day after 23 people were killed in attacks against Shi'ite Muslim targets in Iraq.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.