An Iraqi judge among five killed in attacks
Shootings and bombings in central and north Iraq have left five people dead, including a judge and the bodyguard of an MP, security and medical officials say.
In the main northern city of Mosul, Judge Abbas al-Abadi was killed as he was leaving his home, police First Lieutenant Mohammed al-Juburi and Doctor Tareq al-Naimi at Mosul hospital said.
Near Mosul, 350 kilometres north of Baghdad, in Tal Afar, two members of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party was killed when a roadside bomb struck their car, according to police First Lieutenant Abid Ghiyab and Ahmed Abdulghaffur, a doctor at the town hospital.
Just south of Baghdad near the town of Mussayeb a bodyguard of politician Ali Alaq was ambushed by gunmen who killed him before fleeing the scene, local police and medics said.
Dhia Konein had been driving his personal car when he was shot dead.
In the capital itself, gunmen opened fire on the car of police Brigadier General Shaaker Mahmud in east Baghdad. A security official said the vehicle’s driver was killed, while a medic said one person was killed and another wounded, but did not give details.
Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but deadly attacks remain common.