Bombings, shootings kill 13 in Iraq

Bombings, shootings kill 13 in Iraq
Sat Mar 8, 2014 22:12:08

At least 13 people, including a parliamentary candidate and four children, have been killed in bombings and shootings in Iraq, officers and medical sources said.

In Sharqat, north of Baghdad, gunmen shot dead Mohammed Hussein Hamid, who was standing in parliamentary elections scheduled for next month on Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak's list.

Hamid was the second parliamentary candidate to be killed this year, after gunmen murdered Hamza al-Shammari last month.

Election candidates have been targeted in the past, with nearly 20 killed ahead of April 2013 provincial council elections.

In Samarra, also north of Baghdad, a shooting at a checkpoint killed two secondary school students and a policeman, while a roadside bomb blast in a village south of Sharqat killed two children.

Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Sharqat, killing a police major and a policeman, while a roadside bomb in Khales killed army Lieutenant Colonel Abbas al-Rubaie and another soldier.

In Baghdad, a car bomb exploded near a market in the Qahira area, killing at least two people and wounding four.

And a shooting killed one person in the northern city of Mosul.

Violence has killed at least 110 people so far this month, and more than 1,800 since the beginning of the year, according to the figures based on security and medical sources.


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