Thu, Jul 20, 2006 - Page 7 News List

Bombings, gunmen claim more lives

AGENCIES , BAGHDAD

A string of early morning bombings near a technology university in downtown Baghdad yesterday killed five people and injured 18 others, police said.

Gunmen yesterday stormed a market in a small town of Rasheed, located south of Baghdad, killing three people in the second such raid in the area in three days, police said.

In west Baghdad, a legal adviser to Iraq's Interior Ministry was killed in a drive-by shooting as he left home. Gunmen in two cars stopped his personal Hyundai and began shooting, police said.

The explosions in downtown Baghdad -- a car bomb and two other smaller bombs -- detonated shortly after 7:30am in Baghdad's Karradah neighborhood, police 1st Lieutenant Mohammed Khayoun said.

Police and Iraqi troops killed two of the unidentified assailants and were now in control of the town of Rasheed, an officer added.

Two policemen were among 11 people wounded.

On Monday, gunmen hurling grenades killed nearly 60 people and wounded over 100 in the nearby town of Mahmudiya and the police officer said he believed a similar group was responsible.

"Gunmen attacked and sprayed the people with bullets," the officer said.

Eighteen bodies, including those of three policemen, were found in Mahmoudiya on yesterday, police said. Most had been shot and bore signs of torture.

Elsewhere, police found seven bullet-riddled bodies dumped in water sanitation tanks near Kut, about 160km southeast of Baghdad, morgue officials said.

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