Iraqi soldiers receive mortar training at Al-Ghuzlani Training Centre near Mosul in August
Iraqi soldiers receive mortar training at Al-Ghuzlani Training Centre near Mosul in August. Bomb and gun attacks in Iraq have killed nine people, including a mayor, four soldiers and two family members of a Shiite cleric, and wounded 22 others, security officials said on Wednesday.. © W.G. Dunlop - AFP
Iraqi soldiers receive mortar training at Al-Ghuzlani Training Centre near Mosul in August
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Last updated: October 26, 2011

Iraq attacks kill nine

Bomb and gun attacks in Iraq have killed nine people, including a mayor, four soldiers and two family members of a Shiite cleric, and wounded 29 others, security officials said on Wednesday.

"A car bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in Al-Zuhour neighbourhood, killing three soldiers and wounding three civilians" in Mosul in Iraq's north, a first lieutenant in the Mosul police said.

"Another car bomb exploded ... in the same neighborhood, killing two civilians and wounding 16," he said, adding that the bombs went off at about 9:00 am (0600 GMT).

A doctor at Mosul General Hospital confirmed the deaths, saying: "We received five bodies, including three soldiers."

In Iskandiriyah, 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Baghdad, "unknown armed men attacked the house of Safaa al-Mussawi, a Friday prayer leader, with bombs" during the night, a police first lieutenant said.

The Shiite cleric "and his son were seriously injured and his wife and daughter were killed," the officer said.

A source in the office of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, confirmed the attack on Mussawi's home.

The mayor of Iskandiriyah was also killed on Tuesday night, a police source said.

"Armed men killed the mayor of the Iskandiriyah sub-district yesterday night. His name was Ali al-Massudi, from the Sadr movement," the source said, referring to the movement of anti-US Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

One Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack by gunmen on a patrol in the Iskandiriyah area, an army captain said.

And a roadside bomb wounded seven Iranian pilgrims in a bus north of Baghdad on Wednesday, an Iraqi army officer said.

The toll was confirmed by Dr Kawyan Aziz of Khanaqin Hospital, who said they were not seriously wounded.

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