BAGHDAD - Police say a car bomb in a southern Iraqi town has killed at least eight people and wounded 28 in the latest deadly attack at local marketplaces.

This morning's blast was eerily similar to two other strikes on markets Tuesday in which at least 40 people were killed.

Few details were immediately available about the bombing in the Shiite town of Zubaidiyah, about 70 kilometres south of Baghdad.

Additionally, gunmen killed two police officers and a government worker in drive-by shootings in Baghdad.

Police said the gunmen escaped capture in each of the three separate attacks.

The casualties were confirmed by health officials.