Updated at 12:27 p.m. EDT, May 2, 2010
At least three Iraqis were killed and about 103 were injured in attacks in northern Iraq. The most significant attack targeted Christians in the Mosul area. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Maliki’s office has been accused of making death threats against a rival political party’s spokesman.
Iraqiya party spokesman, Haidar al-Mulla, claimed to have received a death threat from a member of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office staff. The Iraqiya party and the prime minister’s State of Law party are battling each other for the right to create the new government after winning nearly the same number of seats in March’s parliamentary elections.
Near Mosul, one Christian shop owner was killed and about 100 more people were injured in what may have been a coordinated bomb attack; a roadside bomb targeting busloads of Christian university students, who were traveling from Hamdaniya, was followed minutes later by a car bomb. Several of the injured were taken to Arbil for treatment. A second death was reported.
A police officer was slightly injured near Tikrit, when a bomb left on his car exploded.
In Kirkuk, gunmen wounded a police officer.
Gunmen killed a lawyer and wounded his companion in Touz.
Two local officials were freed in Wassit province after they were found innocent of any charges. The pair was arrested two weeks ago.
Five wanted suspects surrendered to police in Wajihiya.
A large weapons cache was found near Baquba.
In Turkey, Kurdish rebels killed one Turkish soldier and wounded another during a small arms attack on a military post.