Baghdad: A series of roadside bombs and
shootings killed nine people, including two policemen and
three worshippers, in and around Baghdad today, security
Twenty people were also wounded in the violence, the
latest in a surge of killings in August and as Muslims observe
the holy fasting month of Ramadan, when insurgents typically
step up their attacks, fuelling security concerns as
the United States continues to withdraw its troops.
In a pre-dawn attack, three Sunni Muslims were gunned
down as they exited the Abid Wais mosque in Jurf al-Sakhr, 50
kilometres (30 miles) south of the capital in Babil province,
The drive-by shooting, which also left one person
wounded, took place at 4:00 am (0100 GMT), after worshippers
completed Ramadan prayers which followed a communal meal ahead
of a day-long fast.
Jurf al-Sakhr lies within a confessionally mixed region
known as the Triangle of Death because of the frequency of
insurgent attacks during the worst of Iraq`s violence
following the 2003 US-led invasion.
Three others, including an off-duty policeman, were
killed when the minibus they were on was struck by a bomb
attack as it travelled to the centre of Baghdad from its
eastern quarter, an interior ministry official said.