Iraq violence: Schoolboys among eight people killed

A man walks past the scene of a car bomb attack in western Baghdad (10 January 2012) On Monday, two bombs targeting Shia pilgrims in Iraq left 15 people dead

At least eight people have been killed in attacks across Iraq, officials say.

In the deadliest incident, a bomb exploded in the village of Yathrib, near Tikrit, killing three boys - aged nine and 10 - on their way to school.

Two agriculture ministry employees were also killed when a bomb attached to their vehicle exploded in al-Sharqat, in the province of Salahuddin.

In the evening, two soldiers died when gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul.

An army colonel was earlier killed in Saadiya, in Diyala province, when a roadside bomb struck the convoy in which he was travelling.

One unconfirmed report said another roadside bomb in western Baghdad killed two Shia pilgrims, who were walking to the holy city of Karbala for Arbain, which marks the end of 40 days of mourning for Imam Hussein.

On Monday, two bombs targeting Shia pilgrims in Iraq left 15 dead.

The violence comes only weeks after US troops completed their withdrawal from Iraq and amid a political crisis, which has seen tensions rise between the country's Shia majority and Sunni minority.

Last month, the Shia-dominated government called for Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi's arrest on terrorism charges.

More on This Story

More Middle East stories



  • Man with typewriterLove to Patrick

    The official whose over-familiar letters infuriated his boss

  • Man's hands putting ring on woman's fingerName changer

    Why do wives take a man's name after marriage?

  • Person scratching their arm10 things

    Scratching really does make things itch, and other nuggets

  • Corsican flagCorsican mafia

    Are Corsica's days of mafia and militants over?

  • Mobil canopies on the A6 at Red Hill, LeicestershireEnglish heritage

    Zebra crossings to bus stations: unusual listed buildings

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.