Three people died and several others were hurt in separate attacks in Iraq, police and hospital officials said Monday. Among the dead was a prominent local leader of anti-al Qaeda Sunni forces who was shot by two gunmen armed with silenced pistols. According to the AP, the killers fled the scene after attacking Nael al-Azami near a popular cafe in Baghdad's northern Azamiyah district Monday morning.
Elsewhere in the capital, a roadside bomb struck an Iraqi police patrol in the Ghadir neighborhood, killing one policeman and injuring 10 bystanders and officers nearby.
In Kirkuk, a policeman was killed after a roadside bomb hit his patrol Sunday night. Four of his colleagues were seriously injured in the explosion.
A series of other early morning blasts across Baghdad injured 11. The first blast occurred at 7 a.m. when a bomb attached to a civilian SUV went off while it was heading down Baghdad's eastern Palestine Street, wounding the driver and a passenger. Some 90 minutes later, two separate roadside bombs targeting police patrols in eastern Baghdad injured a total of five policemen and four bystanders.