Iraq: Judge, Sahwa Fighters among 17 Killed

Friday: 17 Killed, 7 Wounded

by , February 22, 2013

At least 17 people were killed, including a political candidate and numerous security personnel, as another seven were wounded. Demonstrations again took place in Falluja and Ramadi, while special prayer services were held in Diyala province. Also, a protest nearly turned into a riot in Mosul.

Gunmen disguised in military uniforms lured seven Sahwa members to their deaths in Tuz Khormato. The men were tied up and executed. Some of the bodies were found mutilated. An eighth Sahwa member may have been killed, but he was captured separately from the original seven.

In Qayara, gunmen killed three people, including a civilian.

A sticky bomb killed a political candidate and two bodyguards in Jurf al-Sakhar.

A car bomb targeting a Tarmiya police commander killed one civilian and wounded four people, including policemen. Gunmen killed a judge.

In Mosul, gunmen killed the owner of a currency exchange.

Two bombs in Kirkuk wounded three people.

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