Violence in Iraq left some 50 people dead Monday in a suicide car bombing and clashes between Shiite militia and Iraqi security forces.
In one of the worst attacks, a suicide car bomber slammed into a checkpoint outside the Interior Ministry in downtown Baghdad Monday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, police said.
The attack occurred at midmorning, the AP reported. Police 1st Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said eight policemen were among the dead. Among the injured were 17 policemen, he added.
Elsewhere in the Iraqi capital, a roadside bomb in the mainly Sunni western neighborhood of Jihad struck a car transporting five barbershop workers killed one person and seriously wounded another four, police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razzaq said.
In the city of Diwaniyah, gunbattles between Iraqi forces and militiamen of the Mahdi Army loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr left at least 34 people dead and about 70 wounded, Iraqi officials said. The clashes broke out late Sunday night when Iraqi troops conducted raids in three neighborhoods to flush out the militiamen and seize weapons, said army Capt. Fatik Aied. According to him, the fighting continued Monday.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army on Monday said eight U.S. soldiers died Saturday and Sunday in and around Baghdad, seven of them by roadside bombs and one by gunfire.