Iraq officials say attacks kill preacher, 6 others

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 1:04 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say seven people have been killed in attacks in the capital and in the western city of Fallujah, including a mosque preacher who was gunned down outside a sweets shop.

A police officer says assailants fatally shot the preacher in Fallujah on Sunday, along with his nephew and another man.

Residents say he was one of the organizers of weekly Sunni demonstrations against the Shiite-led government that have been taking place for the past three months. The police officer, however, says it's unclear if the killings were related to the protests.

In the Iraqi capital, two separate explosions killed four people and wounded 14. Two police officers say a bomb attached to a policeman's car exploded early Sunday morning in northern Baghdad, killing an officer and a bystander and wounding five others.

In another incident, two other police officers say a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing two soldiers and wounding nine people, of which four were civilians.

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