Attacks kill several across Iraq

Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Attacks in Iraq killed six people Wednesday, including a school principal who was among several victims in a spate of shootings in the north, officials said.

The latest bloodshed comes as authorities carry out wide-ranging operations targeting militants and implement tight restrictions on vehicle movement in the capital in a bid to combat Iraq's worst violence since 2008.

The worst of Wednesday's unrest occurred in Nineveh province in the north, with four people dead overall, officials said.

In three separate attacks in the restive province, gunmen killed three people, among them a school principal who was shot dead at his house.

And in the provincial capital Mosul, a magnetic "sticky bomb" attached to a car killed another person.

Another sticky bomb killed one person in south Baghdad, while a gunman on a motorcycle killed an imam near the southern port city of Basra, according to officials.

A woman was gunned down on Tuesday at a rally for Iraqi Kurdistan's main opposition party in the northern city of Sulaimaniyah, sources said, 10 days ahead of regional parliamentary elections.

The shooting occurred in the region's second city, targeting a gathering of the Goran bloc, the third-biggest political party in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and the largest opposition grouping.

"A 50-year old woman was transferred to Sulaimaniyah emergency hospital in a critical condition with a gunshot to the head and ... died later on the operating table," a medical source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The attack came after a similar incident on September 5, when a young man was wounded by a gunman at a Goran rally in the same location.

Goran candidate Barwa Mohammed confirmed the incident.

The shooting comes just 10 days ahead of September 21 parliamentary elections in the three-province northern region, and is at least the third attack on Goran supporters in the run-up to the polls.

Along with the September 5 incident, five people were wounded – two supporters, two policemen and a journalist – when a group of people targeted a Goran gathering earlier this month with sticks and water bottles, according to officials.

The surge in bloodshed has sparked concerns that Iraq is slipping back into the all-out war that plagued it in 2006 and 2007 and left tens of thousands dead.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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