12 Iraqis killed in sectarian violence
10 October, 2013
BAGHDAD: At least 12 people were killed by roadside bombs and shootings across Iraq on Wednesday and a government convoy came under attack, prompting a senior politician to accuse security services of negligence.
The deadliest attack, in what has become daily sectarian violence, took place in a town near Kut, south of Baghdad, when a roadside bomb hit a minibus carrying Shia poultry farm workers, killing eight of them, police said.
Four policemen were killed and six wounded when militants opened fire at a checkpoint in Baiji, north of the capital. A parked car bomb blew up when a convoy heading to Mosul airport to pick up the speaker of parliament was passing, seriously wounding six bodyguards.
It was not clear whether the attack was meant to target the speaker, Usama al-Nujaif. His office issued a statement, criticising lax security and warning that Mosul could fall under the control of "terrorists".
"The continuing reluctance, negligence and violations among the ranks of security services, and its inability to protect citizens ... especially in parts of Mosul City, south Mosul and the international road between Baghdad and Mosul, means the city will be controlled by the terrorists and the killers," it said.