It is reported that at least 11 people were killed and another 48 injured in two attacks in Iraq today.

Gunmen are said to have opened fire on members of Iraq's National Guard in a town west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing five people and injuring four.

And in Baghdad, a suicide car bomber killed six people, including, it is understood, four National Guard members.

The attack in the Adhamiyah district targeted a palace once used by ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, but which is now used by the Iraqi army. 44 people were injured in the blast.

Insurgent attacks have increased in Iraq in recent weeks, with politicians yet to form a government 11 weeks after elections.