16 die in Iraq blasts, clash and shootings
Five roadside bombs killed at least three people in Iraq on Sunday - the three-year anniversary of the Baghdad's fall to U.S. forces.
Sunday's roadside bombs killed at least two civilians and a policeman. One targeting an Iraqi army patrol killed a passer-by in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of the capital, and another bomb directed to police killed a civilian when it went off at Maysaloun Square in eastern Baghdad.
Other bombings around Baghdad killed a policeman and injured about a dozen others, police said. One of the attacks targeted police near a Sunni mosque in the western neighborhood of Ghazaliyah, injuring at least three people, police said.
In addition, police discovered four bodies, handcuffed and at least one shot in the head, in the Dora district of southern Baghdad.
In Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, a man allegedly making a bomb died when it accidentally went off inside a house, police said.
Meanwhile, US forces killed eight suspected gunmen in a pre-dawn raid north of the capital.
In the pre-dawn raid Sunday, clashes erupted when American troops surrounded a suspected safehouse and nearby tent on the northern outskirts of Baghdad. Troops killed five suspects, and three others were killed in an air strike. Bombs and weapons were found inside the house, a U.S. statement said, according to the AP.
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