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2 Civilians Are Killed in Spate of Iraq Attacks

March 09, 2004|From Times Wire Services

TIKRIT, Iraq — Attackers opened fire on a car carrying two local council members in the northern city of Mosul on Monday, killing one and wounding the other, police said.

In Baghdad, insurgents fired mortar shells at two police stations, wounding four people, including a police officer, Iraqi officials said. On Sunday, a Sunni Muslim cleric, Sheik Ali Zahabi, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he walked to evening prayers.

In Khaldiya, west of Baghdad, a bomb exploded under the car of the police chief, Ismail Turki, as he left his home Monday morning. Turki's driver and a bodyguard were wounded, said a neighbor, Khaled Fayyad.

Meanwhile, U.S. soldiers arrested one current and two former members of the U.S.-trained Iraqi Civil Defense Corps in an operation targeting anti-coalition forces in former President Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. The troops detained the former soldiers at a house in downtown Tikrit on suspicion of stealing and selling weapons of the U.S.-trained force.

The men are also suspected of bombing the homes of Iraqis who collaborate with American forces in Tikrit, said Army Lt. Col. Steve Russell, a battalion commander.

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