Seven police among eight killed in Iraq violence


Salam Faraj
AFP
August 7, 2010

BAGHDAD ‚ÄĒ Seven policemen were among eight people killed near Baghdad and in north Iraq, including four who died in a fierce gunfight in a Sunni neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital, officials said on Saturday.

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The latest violence comes as the US military draws down its forces in Iraq, five months after parliamentary elections that have yet to result in a new government being formed.

In the deadliest attack, four policemen were killed and 10 people wounded, including eight police, when clashes broke out at about 2:00 am (2300 GMT) in Saidiyah, a stronghold of Al-Qaeda in southern Baghdad during the worst years of Iraq’s insurgency after the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam in 2003.

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The shooting occurred after a man whose car was stolen traced it to a nearby house and informed the police, who came under fire when they arrived, an interior ministry official said.

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