The official start to Ramadan on Monday was punctuated with sporadic violence around Iraq, including an assault on a police station and the discovery of more apparent victims of sectarian death squads in the capital.
One policeman was killed and six wounded when their station in Musayyib, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Baghdad came under heavy attack, police said.
In southeastern Baghdad at around the same time, police found the bodies of two men in their 30s. They had been shot several times in the head, and their hands and legs were bound, police Lt. Bilal Ali Majeed said. Two other corpses were found in a southwest area of the capital the night before.
Seven more bodies were turned in to the morgue in Kut, five headless, one legless and all bearing signs of torture, according to a morgue official in the city southeast of Baghdad.