At least 25 people died in scattered violence around Iraq on Saturday, including 14 who died when a suicide car bomber hit an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern city of Tal Afar.
In Baghdad, two bullet-riddled bodies were pulled from the Tigris river in the downtown Karrada neighborhood, said police Lt. Bilal Ali Majid. Both had their hands and legs bound and showed signs of torture, the AP reported. Five other bodies were found in Baghdad area.
The suicide bomber hit the checkpoint at 8:45 a.m. in Tal Afar, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, said Mosul police Col. Abdel-Karim al-Jubouri. Four troops and 10 civilians died in the attack, and another six people were injured.
In Mosul itself, gunmen killed a woman who was walking with her 5-year-old son, al-Jubouri said. The boy was not harmed, he said.
Another two civilians were killed and four more wounded when a mortar shell hit a house before dawn in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Baghdad, Police Capt. Muthana Khalid said.
One American soldier with the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, died Friday near Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, the military said Saturday.