Middle East

Baghdad hit by deadly gun and bomb attacks

Scene of Baghdad gun attack 29.7.10
Image caption Three soldiers died in the initial gun attack

At least 16 people have been killed in shootings and explosions in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

Reports said three soldiers were shot in the mainly Sunni district of Adhamiya in the north of the city.

As security forces went to the scene, bombs exploded in the same area, killing at least 13 more people in a co-ordinated attack, the reports say.

At least six of those killed in the blasts were said to be members of the security forces.

Reports say at least 14 people have been wounded.

The interior ministry said the bodies of the three soldiers shot dead had been set alight after the attack.

The ministry added that the attacks all took place within 15 minutes.

A military vehicle was burning at the scene of one of the blasts and two police vehicles had also been damaged, the Aswat al-Iraq news agency quoted officials as saying.

Iraq is on high alert for militant attacks following elections in March which produced no clear winner and created political uncertainty in the country.

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