Salam Faraj
August 7, 2010

BAGHDAD — 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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