Five Iraqis killed in bombings, shooting

The motive in the shooting was not immediately known, an officer said.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2011, 19:12 PM IST

Baghdad: Bombings and shootings, including an
attack near cafes and ice cream shops, killed five Iraqis and
wounded 14 in the capital and a western town, officials said
on Saturday.

A roadside bomb on Saturday hit a joint Iraqi police-army
patrol as it parked by a drinking water plant in the town of
al-Baghdadi, local administrator Hikmat Jubeir said. The
blast, at around 9 a.m., killed a soldier and a policeman and
wounded another soldier, he said.

Al-Baghdadi town is in Anbar province, which was once a
stronghold of the Sunni insurgency.

Also Saturday, gunmen in a speeding car shot and killed a
Shiite cleric as he left an Electricity Ministry office in the
New Baghdad district of the capital, a police officer said.

The motive in the shooting was not immediately known, the
officer said. A doctor at a nearby hospital confirmed the
death.

Hours earlier, a bomb exploded around midnight Friday in
Baghdad`s western Jamiaa neighborhood near cafes and ice cream
shops, killing two civilians and wounding 13 others, a police
officer said. A doctor at a nearby hospital confirmed the
casualty figures.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because
they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Iraq has seen a general drop in violence since 2008 after
a peak of violence, but sporadic attacks still occur around
the country. With the ebb in violence, Iraqis have started
going out in the evenings more, especially during the current
holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

PTI