The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Iraq attacks kill 15 in deadliest day this month


BAGHDAD (AFP) - Attacks mostly targeting government officials and security forces in central and north Iraq killed 15 people in the run-up to the Muslim Eid holiday on Wednesday, Iraq's deadliest day this month.

The shootings and bombings, which also left 13 people wounded, were the latest sign of a relative spike in violence after several weeks of calm earlier this month.

In Fallujah, just west of Baghdad, a car bomb near the home of Finance Minister Rafa al-Essawi's father killed four people - two policemen and two civilians - according to Lieutenant Colonel Yassin Dawish from the provincial security command centre.

The minister's father escaped unscathed, but four others were wounded, including three policemen, doctor Assim al-Hamdani from the city's hospital said. The police casualties were all the guards of the house.