A suicide car bombing killed 10 people and wounded eight others Thursday near the Iraqi Oil Ministry in Baghdad, police said.

A red Kia minibus exploded on the eastern side of the capital.

A roadside bomb also killed a U.S. soldier on patrol on a highway in northwest Baghdad, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division said.

The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq stands at 1,947.

Earlier Thursday, a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of private American security contractors in central Baghdad, wounding eight Iraqi civilians, police said.

The violence follows a massive suicide bombing Wednesday inside a Shiite mosque in Hilla, a mostly Shiite city in Babil province 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the capital. The bombing left 36 dead and 95 wounded, according to a hospital official.

The explosion occurred during Wednesday afternoon funeral services for a Shiite Muslim killed in an earlier attack, police said.

The blast destroyed part of the Ibn al-Nima mosque in central Hilla.

The attack was the second in five days in Hilla. On Friday, a bomb in a parked car exploded at a crowded vegetable market, killing eight people and wounding 49, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.

That explosion took place near the local governor's office, a police official said.

Sectarian civil strife has persisted in Iraq, with a largely Sunni Arab insurgency targeting the Shiite-Kurdish power structure and Shiite Arabs themselves.

Shiites make up about 60 percent of Iraq's population and faced persecution under the regime of Saddam Hussein, who is a Sunni Muslim.