Bombings and shootings kill at least 33 in Iraq

Across Iraq, bombings and shootings killed at least 33 people today.

Ten people were killed in a spate of shootings in the southern, predominantly Shiite city of Basra.

Gunmen in both police and civilian vehicles gunned down victims including four students outside the city’s university and a well-known doctor who was leaving her house, said a Basra police captain.

In Karmah, west of Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed five Iraqi soldiers, police Lt Ahmed Ali said. Gunmen stormed into the house of a Shiite family in Balad Ruz, 45 miles north-east of Baghdad, killing the mother and four adult sons and injuring the father, provincial police official Khalil Yacoub said.

Two policemen in a patrol car were killed by gunmen in a passing car in the centre of the western city of Fallujah, police Lt. Husam Mohammed said.

In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen killed a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, police Brig Saed Ahmed said.

Two suicide car bombers blew themselves up in a botched attack near the police academy in Kirkuk, police Brig Sarhat Qadir said.

Three city council guards were shot dead by unknown gunmen while refuelling at gas station in Samarra, north of Baghdad, police Capt. Laith Mohammed said. A mortar round that landed near the city’s public hospital killed a 12-year-old boy and injured five others, said Mohammed said. And gunmen attacked a facility belonging to the electricity distributor in the town of Hillah, south of Baghdad, killing a technician and wounding five guards.

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