Briton, at least eight Iraqis die in attacks
A wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed at least eight Iraqis on Saturday, and Britain announced the death of a security worker in a roadside bombing attack.
British security company contractor Stephen Enwright, 30, died Thursday in a roadside bomb in Iraq, The British Foreign Office declared Saturday.
Another roadside bomb blast injured five bodyguards of President Jalal Talabani in northern Iraq, police said Saturday. According to the AP, Talabani was not in the convoy when it was attacked late Friday near the town of Salman Beg, some 75 miles south of the northern city of Kirkuk, said police Col. Abbas Mohammed.
An Iraqi army major, his son and his bodyguard died in a drive-by shooting Saturday as they headed to work, police Capt. Hakim al-Azawi said. A second son was wounded in the attack near Qadisiyah, 30 miles south of Tikrit.
Also Saturday, a car bomb went off near the crowded Medina Market in Baghdad's eastern Shaab neighborhood, wounding four people, one critically, said police Lt. Nazim Nasser. One shop was destroyed by the blast.
A Saddam-era army major, Haider Mohammed, was shot dead while standing outside his home in Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad, police Maj. Mohammed al-Hasnawi said.
In addition, armed men killed three butchers standing on a street side in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, said police Capt. Firas Jiti.
An Iraqi civilian was killed and two were wounded in a roadside bomb blast intended for passing Iraqi police, who escaped the attack unharmed 30 miles west of the southern city of Karbala, said police Capt. Qais al-Azawi.
Police also found the bullet-riddled bodies of Iraqi commando officer Ali Hussein in an open field and former Baath Party member Abdun Hamid in a playground near Karbala, al-Azawi said.