Iraq: Clashes kill 14 northeast of Baghdad

Iraqi police and residents clashed with suspected al-Qaida-linked gunmen early Wednesday northeast of Baghdad, and 14 people were killed in the fighting, police said. The battle began after mortar rounds fell on Buhriz, a suburb of Baqouba, some 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of the Iraqi capital, a police officer said on condition of anonymity out of security concerns. Residents and local police amassed at the center of town and took up positions in grassy areas on the edge of Buhriz, battling suspected al-Qaida attackers for three hours, the officer said. Eight of those killed were gunmen, and six were civilians, he said. Twenty others were wounded - all civilians, the officer added.