7 killed in spate of attacks across Iraq

7 killed in spate of attacks across Iraq
# 14 December 2013 17:44 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Seven people were killed and 15 others wounded in separate shootings and bombings across Iraq on Saturday, police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A civilian was killed and nine were wounded when two roadside bombs detonated at a market in Naheawan suburb, in the southeastern part of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb ripped through Rashdiyah suburb in the northern part of Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five others, the source said.

In addition, gunmen using silenced weapons broke into a shop and shot dead its owner before they fled the scene, the source added.

Separately, a leader of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group was shot dead by gunmen who broke into his house in the city of Baiji, some 200 km north of Baghdad, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint in northern the provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding another, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

Also in the province, a police force found the body of the son of the mayor of Rutba city, some 370 km west of Baghdad, in addition to the body of a local police officer, after they were kidnapped six days ago by gunmen, the source said.

The two bodies were found at a desert area near Rutba, the source said, adding that they were handcuffed with bullet holes in their heads and chests.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, 8,109 Iraqis were killed in the country from January to November this year.