At least 18 dead in Iraq attacks, clashes
Gunmen attacked a police station Wednesday for a second day in a row, but American and Iraqi forces captured 50 of them after a two-hour gunbattle.
About 60 gunmen attacked the police station in Madain, south of Baghdad, with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles, said police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammadawi.
Four policemen died, including the commander of the special unit, and five were injured, al-Mohammadawi said, according to the AP. None of the attackers died.
Elsewhere, gunmen in the capital targeted Shiites returning from a religious commemoration in the holy city of Karbala, killing six pilgrims and injuring 50 others traveling in minivans and the back of trucks, police said.
Earlier, gunmen killed three civilians transporting bricks on a road outside the city of Baqouba northeast of the capital. A roadside bomb then went off when a police patrol responded, wounding an officer, police said.
Meanwhile, police continued to find corpses. Three bodies, blindfolded and bearing signs of torture, were found in a western Baghdad neighborhood just after midnight, and the body of a young man shot in the chest was discovered in Musayyib, about 40 miles south of the capital, police said.
The body of a man in an Iraqi military uniform who had been killed outside Madain was also taken to a morgue in the southern city of Kut, an official said.