Hilla: Two houses were blown up on Friday south of Baghdad, killing five people, including three children, and wounding four other people, Iraqi police said.
The pre-dawn attacks occurred within four hours of
each other in Qariya al-Asriya near Iskandiriya, a city
considered an al-Qaeda stronghold before the militants were
pushed out by Iraqi and American forces in 2008.
Police said among those killed were a man, a woman and
three children -- one of them a one-year-old -- and the
wounded included a woman, a young man, and two children.
The houses, which belonged to Shiite Muslim families,
were blown up using dynamite, with the first attack occurring
at 1:00 am (2200 GMT Thursday) and the second at 5:00 am,
according to police.
Also on Friday, gunmen killed two policemen and burned
their vehicle in an ambush in the city of Samarra, north of
the Iraqi capital, police said.
"Two members of the federal police were carrying out a
patrol in the Qadissiya area when they were stopped and killed
by unknown assailants carrying automatic weapons," said a
police official, on condition of anonymity.
The attackers "then burned the (police) vehicle with
the driver still inside and the other outside. They managed to
escape," the official said.
The same day, four members of the Sahwa militia which
opposes al Qaeda, including a leader, were wounded by a bomb
while driving in Al-Muqdadiya, northeast of Baghdad, police