At least 19 dead in Iraq violence
At least 12 people died in violence around Iraq on Saturday, while authorities found the decapitated corpses of seven people dumped north of Baghdad. The bodies were found in an orchard in the city of Duluiyah late Friday, the AP reported.
Three had been among a group of 17 construction workers kidnapped Thursday while traveling home to the town of Balad, police said. The corpses of the other 14 were found earlier Friday, also beheaded.
In other violence, unidentified gunmen driving by in a car killed teacher Mohammed Muhsin al-Marmadhi as he was leaving his home in Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad, police said.
A Shiite family of four was killed in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, by unidentified assailants wearing military-style uniforms who stormed into their house around dawn.
Seven other people died in a mortar attack near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, provincial police said. Five others were injured in the attack on the village of al-Rasoul.
In southern Baghdad, meanwhile, a technician for government-run al-Iraqiya television station died in a drive-by shooting Friday night, police said.