Armed Sahwa or "Awakening" militiamen are pictured in 2010
Armed Sahwa or "Awakening" militiamen, former Sunni rebels who sided with US soldiers against Al-Qaeda during Iraq's brutal insurgency, man a checkpoint in the northern city of Samarra in 2010. Bombings and a shooting in Iraq on Thursday killed three people, including a member of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia in northern Baghdad, security and medical officials said. © Mahmud Saleh - AFP/File
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Last updated: August 9, 2012

Iraq attacks kill three people

Bombings and a shooting in Iraq on Thursday killed three people, including an anti-Qaeda militiaman, security and medical officials said.

Two roadside bombs exploded in a market in Al-Wehda area south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 19 others, an interior ministry official and a local security official said.

And gunmen armed with silenced weapons killed a member of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia in northern Baghdad, said the interior ministry official and a medical source.

The latest violence brings the number of people killed in attacks in Iraq so far this month to at least 94, including 48 security forces members, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources.

While violence has decreased from its peak in 2006 and 2007, attacks remain common across Iraq. There were attacks on 27 of the 31 days in July.

Official figures put the number of people killed in attacks in July at 325, the highest monthly death toll since August 2010.

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