More than 20 killed in Iraq
A suicide bomber killed nine people near a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, police said. A round of mortar shells also slammed into al-Maidan square in central Baghdad, injuring ten people and damaging shops and buildings in the area, police said.
According to the AP, gunmen killed two employees of an oil firm and another civilian in Mosul, 250 miles northwest of Baghdad. Two civilians and a policeman were fatally shot in separate attacks in Musayyib, some 40 miles south of the capital, police said.
American forces, meanwhile, killed six people and destroyed a weapons cache in separate raids in Baghdad and northwest of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said. One of the raids targeted two buildings in the village of Thar Thar, the military said.
Iraqi forces backed by American soldiers also captured 13 suspects and confiscated weapons in a raid on a mosque southeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Friday.
At least 72 Iraqis were killed Thursday.