Five killed in attacks across Baghdad city


Five people have been killed in rebel attacks across Baghdad today.

The victims include three paramilitary policemen and a government official.

Gunmen shot dead Qassim Mehawi, deputy head of the Communications Ministry, as he was heading to work. Eight of his bodyguards were injured in the attack and were taken to the hospital.

Government officials are frequent targets of the insurgents, who accuse them of collaborating with the Americans.

Three Iraqi National Guardsmen died and six others were injured when a  roadside bomb exploded in western Baghdad, according to the police.  

In western Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded near a passing SUV, badly damaging the vehicle, police said. After the blast, gunmen opened up on the survivors with automatic fire, killing a foreigner and wounding two others, police said.

There was no immediate information on their nationality.