Policeman's booby-trapped body kills 2

2014-05-08 22:03
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Samarra - Relatives discovered the body of a kidnapped Iraqi policeman on Thursday, but it was rigged with explosives and blew up, killing his father and brother, police and a doctor said.

The policeman was kidnapped in a village near Sharqat, northwest of Baghdad, the previous day.

A second brother was also injured in the blast.

Militants in Iraq generally carry out car bombings or bury devices in or near roads, but more rarely rig bodies and even animals such as donkeys with explosives for use in attacks.

Shelling

Elsewhere on Thursday, a car bomb exploded in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding at least eight, while two policemen were shot dead in Yusufiyah, south of the capital, officials said.

And on Wednesday night, shelling in the city of Fallujah - held by anti-government fighters since the beginning of the year - killed seven people and wounded 17, said Doctor Ahmed Shami.

The violence comes as officials tally votes from Iraq's 30 April elections, amid a protracted surge in bloodshed that the government has blamed on external factors such as the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

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