BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq killed at least eight people including an anti-Al Qaeda militia leader yesterday, officials said, the latest in a surge of violence plaguing the country.
Two roadside bombs targeted a bus stop and a supermarket in two separate areas of Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding 13, most of them government employees.
And the body of a local council member who was kidnapped the day before was found south of Kirkuk, a disputed northern city.
He was shot in the head and his body bore signs of torture.
Also yesterday, gunmen on a motorcycle killed the leader of a local Sahwa, or anti-Al Qaeda, militia and his three-year-old niece and wounded his 10-year-old nephew near Kirkuk.
Sunni militants consider the Sahwa, a collection of Sunni tribal militias which joined forces with the United States from late 2006, to be traitors.
And in Muqdadiyah, north of Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed a teacher. The teacher, a Sunni Arab, had fled a Shia-majority area of Muqdadiyah in 2006 and returned just two months ago.