More victims in Iraq as PM announces new peace plan
At least nine people died in violence around Iraq on Tuesday, including a suicide attack on a fish market in Baghdad that killed two and injured 19. The bomber detonated a belt rigged with explosives in the outdoor market in the primarily Sunni area of Sadiyah, southwestern Baghdad, at 7:10 a.m., police Lt. Maitham Abdul Razzaq.
In another attack, two civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb targeting an American convoy blew up, police 1st Lt. Bilal Ali Majid said.
One civilian died and two more wounded in a rocket attack on a residential neighborhood in northern Baghdad, police said.
Another person died and nine were wounded when a parked car bomb blew up near a Shiite mosque in downtown Baghdad. The attack came in Karradah, a Shiite neighborhood at 9 a.m., police 1st Lt. Thair Mahmoud said.
Meanwhile, authorities in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, said four gunmen were killed in a morning gunbattle with police in the city. One civilian was killed and three others were injured when unidentified gunmen stormed the house of a Shiite family in Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, police said.
And police found seven bodies in an area north of Baqouba.
These incidents came one day after Iraq's prime minister announced a new plan aimed at ending the deepening crisis between Shiite and Sunni parties in his government and uniting them behind the demand to stop sectarian killings.
According to the AP, the four-point plan aims to resolve disputes by giving every party a voice in how security forces operate against violence on a neighborhood by neighborhood level. "We have taken the decision to end sectarian hatred once and for all," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told reporters. "We have vowed before Almighty God to stop the bloodshed."