Five killed in Iraq violence

Gunmen wearing police uniforms stormed a family home in the Bayaa district.

Last Updated: May 15, 2011, 23:40 PM IST

Baghdad: Three members of the same family
and two other people were killed in violence in the capital
and northern Iraq Sunday, including a string of Baghdad rocket
attacks, a security official said.

In the deadliest incident, gunmen wearing police
uniforms stormed a family home in the Bayaa district of
southwest Baghdad and killed three people, an interior
ministry official said, without giving a motive.

He said another person was killed and 12 wounded in
nine rocket attacks across Baghdad, including five fired into
the heavily-fortified Green Zone that is home to the US
embassy and parliament.

Baghdad operations command, which is responsible
for security in the capital, said security forces had seized a
rocket launcher in Al-Nahdha district, close to the interior
ministry.

Eleven rockets were also seized, it said, without
any arrests made.

A roadside bomb near the National Theatre in
central Baghdad, meanwhile, wounded three people, the security
official added.

And in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, a sticky bomb
affixed to a car carrying three tax agency officials exploded,
killing one of them and wounding the two others, a police
officer in the city said.

Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and
2007 but attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad. A total
of 211 people died as a result of attacks in April, according
to official figures.

PTI