Iraq: Eight dead as Ukraine starts to pullback forces
Gunmen shot dead three Iraqi policemen and injured a third Saturday at a funeral procession in the northern city of Mosul, police said, while Ukraine withdrew 150 servicemen from Iraq, commencing a gradual pullout that officials have said will be completed by October.
The attack occurred as police were taking part in a procession for a colleague's wife and two children who died in a roadside bomb attack in Mosul a day earlier, said policeman Ammar Hussein, according to The AP. South of Mosul, a foreign truck driver, presumed Turkish, was killed by a roadside bomb attack on a convoy carrying supplies for the US military.
In Baiji, a dawn mortar attack on an Iraqi army barracks wounded one soldier and destroyed a vehicle, said Captain Hassan Yusif, according to AFP.
In Tikrit, the capital of Salahuddin province which includes Baiji, the local hospital said it received the bullet-riddled bodies of three Iraqi males killed in attacks on Friday. South of Baghdad, near the city of Hilla police found the body of a man shot in the head and back, according to a local police chief.
One of the victims was lifted from the Tigris River Saturday and had his hands tied to his back and was shot in the head, said Doctor Waed al-Tikriti at the city's main hospital.
The Ukrainian company that was based near Suwayrah, 25 miles south of Baghdad, left Iraq and was expected to return home by Tuesday, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.
Earlier this month, President Viktor Yushchenko and top defense officials ordered a gradual withdrawal of Ukraine's 1,650-strong contingent from the U.S.-led occupation in Iraq.