BAGHDAD – Drive-by shootings and a spate of bombings killed 11 people and wounded dozens more Sunday in fresh reminders of persistent violence across Iraq despite an overall drop in attacks nationwide.
At least 30 people were injured in separate and apparently unrelated attacks, Iraqi police hospitals officials said. Five of the dead were Iraqi police and security forces.
In the most gruesome example, gunmen opened fire on worshippers as they were leaving dawn prayers in town of Jurf al-Sakhr just south of the capital, killing three and wounding one, said Maj. Muthana Khalid, the spokesman for Babil province police.The attack occurred at about 4:00 a.m.
Hours later, rush-hour bombings across Baghdad hit commuters on their way to work, killing four and injuring at least 16.
The deadliest strike came when a roadside bomb exploded next to a minibus heading from the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City into downtown that killed three people, including a police officer, a police officer said.