At least 13 die in Iraq as Syria complains about fire incident on border
Gunmen targeted two Iraqi police patrols in Baghdad Friday, leaving at least five people dead. Police said a morning patrol came under fire in the eastern Ghadeer neighborhood. Two officers died and another injured, said 1st Lt. Ali Abbas, according to The AP.
Clashes also erupted between gunmen and a joint Iraqi police-army patrol in the southern Dora neighborhood. Two gunmen shot dead and three others arrested, police said. A soldier and a police officer were injured, Capt. Jassim Al-Wahash said.
In another incident, one policeman was killed and two others wounded during a drive-by shooting in eastern Baladiyat, according to Capt. Maher Abdel-Satar.
Two bodies with bullets in their heads were located early Friday near Baghdad's Shiite enclave of Sadr City, said Lt. Col. Hafidh Maan. The bodies were dressed in civilian clothing, he conveyed.
Gunmen also fired on a car carrying a newlywed couple and their families, killing the bride and her mother. The assault in the southern Dora neighbourhood also wounded the groom and his brother, said Lt. Col. Assad al-Ghurari.
U.S. and Iraqi forces also clashed with gunmen in the central Iraqi city of Samarra, leaving four dead, police said.
Meanwhile, Syria said on Thursday its border forces had been fired on by American and Iraqi forces and accused Washington, London and Baghdad of lack of cooperation in preventing gunmen infiltrating into Iraq. The Syrian Foreign Ministry told heads of diplomatic missions in Damascus in a letter obtained by Reuters that Syrian border troops had been subject to attacks "not only by infiltrators and smugglers but by the Iraqi and American forces".