BAGHDAD, Iraq – Violence around Iraq claimed at least 14 lives on Wednesday, including a parked car bomb that blew up next to a police patrol in southeastern Baghdad, killing two passers-by.
The car bomb attack just before 10 a.m. in the Ghadeer neighborhood also injured 10, including four policemen, Lt. Bilal Ali Majid said.
A second car bomb attack a half hour later on a police patrol in the capital's eastern Mustansiriyah Square killed another two passers-by and wounded 16, including three policemen, Majid said.
In southwestern Baghdad, a bomb exploded near an auto parts shop, killing the store owner and wounding four passers-by, police 1st Lt. Maithem Abdel Razzaq said.
Just after noon in a western area of Baghdad, unidentified gunmen shot and killed a member of Iraq's national police force as he was driving in his car, police 1st Lt. Mutazz Salahaddin.
In a town near of Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, three people were killed and another three wounded when assailants sprayed gunfire into their car, Diyala provincial police said.
In a town north of Baqouba, two more people were killed and a third injured when gunmen in a car fired shots into people on the main street, police said.
And east of Baqouba in another town, one man was shot and killed by unidentified assailants, police said.
Elsewhere, gunmen shot and killed a policeman in the northern city of Kirkuk as he was heading to work, police Col. Anwar Hassan said.
On a main road between Tikrit and Beiji in northern Iraq, a roadside bomb exploded next to a car killing one person and wounding another, Salahuddin provincial police said.
Meanwhile, the corpses of seven people were turned in to the morgue in the southern city of Kut, including at least three apparent victims of sectarian death squads that were fished out of the Tigris in Suwayrah, 25 miles south of Baghdad where bodies dumped in the capital often surface. They were shot, and had their hands bound.