Iraq: 15 die in attacks as Sudan decides to close embassy for hostages release
At least 15 Iraqis were killed on Friday, including nine people sitting along the banks of the Tigris river who died in a drive-by shooting, police said. In separate incidents in Baghdad, a suicide car bomber detonated himself next to a police patrol in a commercial zone, killing three Iraqis, and a mortar hit a market, killing another three civilians.
Also Friday, Sudan declared that it will close its embassy in Baghdad, part of an attempt to secure the release of six abducted employees, a Sudanese diplomat told the AP. On Thursday, al-Qaeda in Iraq threatened to execute the captives if the diplomatic mission remained.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq had set a Saturday deadline for Khartoum to "announce clearly that it is cutting its relations" with the Iraqi government, or it would kill five Sudanese hostages.