Iraq Attacks Kill at Least Eight in Baghdad

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 11:12 AM

 

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BAGHDAD — Bombings and shootings killed at least eight people in and around the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, including a judge, officials said.

Gunmen in a speeding car opened fire at the judge, killing him and his driver, police said.

They say a sticky bomb attached to a mini-bus exploded later in the afternoon in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city, killing three passengers and wounding eight.

In northern Baghdad, a roadside bomb missed a police patrol but killed one civilian and wounded six.

Later on, gunmen in a speeding car sprayed an army checkpoint in the western suburb of Abu Ghraib with bullets, killing two soldiers and wounding two others, said police and hospital officials.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Violence has been on the rise in Iraq recently as security forces and allied Sunni tribesmen in Anbar province battle al-Qaida fighters over the control of two key cities there.

At least 233 people have died in violence across the country so far this month, according to an Associated Press count.

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