AFP
Last updated: 26 October, 2011

Iraq attacks kill nine

Bomb and gun attacks in Iraq have killed nine people, including a mayor, four soldiers and two family members of a Shiite cleric, and wounded 29 others, security officials said on Wednesday.

“A car bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in Al-Zuhour neighbourhood, killing three soldiers and wounding three civilians” in Mosul in Iraq’s north, a first lieutenant in the Mosul police said.

“Another car bomb exploded … in the same neighborhood, killing two civilians and wounding 16,” he said, adding that the bombs went off at about 9:00 am (0600 GMT).

A doctor at Mosul General Hospital confirmed the deaths, saying: “We received five bodies, including three soldiers.”

In Iskandiriyah, 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Baghdad, “unknown armed men attacked the house of Safaa al-Mussawi, a Friday prayer leader, with bombs” during the night, a police first lieutenant said.

The Shiite cleric “and his son were seriously injured and his wife and daughter were killed,” the officer said.

A source in the office of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, confirmed the attack on Mussawi’s home.

The mayor of Iskandiriyah was also killed on Tuesday night, a police source said.

“Armed men killed the mayor of the Iskandiriyah sub-district yesterday night. His name was Ali al-Massudi, from the Sadr movement,” the source said, referring to the movement of anti-US Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

One Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack by gunmen on a patrol in the Iskandiriyah area, an army captain said.

And a roadside bomb wounded seven Iranian pilgrims in a bus north of Baghdad on Wednesday, an Iraqi army officer said.

The toll was confirmed by Dr Kawyan Aziz of Khanaqin Hospital, who said they were not seriously wounded.