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9 dead in Sunday violence, Iraqi reporter targeted Monday

From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Iraqi reporter wounded in car blast
  • 2 mortar rounds land in Green Zone
  • Government employees, soldiers targeted

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- A sticky bomb attached to an al-Iraqiya television reporter's car exploded early Monday, wounding the journalist -- identified as Alaa Muhssein -- Baghdad police officials said.

It was the second time this month that journalists from Iraq's state television station have been targeted. On September 7, a reporter and an anchor were shot to death in western Baghdad.

The attack on Muhssein followed a deadly day in Iraq Sunday that saw nine people killed. Among the dead were two Iraqi soldiers, an Iraqi police officer and three other government employees.

Additionally, two mortar rounds landed inside the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone Sunday morning, police said. The Green Zone houses Iraqi government offices and the U.S. and British embassies.

Similar incidents have occurred in recent months inside the protected area, formerly known as the International Zone. Three mortar rounds struck inside the zone during a July 4 visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Also Sunday morning, gunmen killed an employee of Iraq's integrity commission while he was driving his car in western Baghdad, police officials said. And three civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Baghdad.

Four people were killed, including an Iraqi soldier, and four others were wounded Sunday when a parked car rigged with explosives detonated at an Iraqi army patrol in the town of Garma, about 65 kilometers west of Baghdad in Anbar province, Falluja police said. Another Iraqi soldier and and child were among four people wounded in the blast, police said.

Also on Sunday, four Iraqi government employees were shot dead in four different locations in Baghdad, police said. The dead were an Iraqi Army officer, an Iraqi police officer, a Ministry of Culture employee and an employee of the president's office, police said, and the attackers used pistols equipped with silencers.

Although violence levels have dropped drastically over the past two years, there has been a recent spike in targeted assassinations of security forces, government employees and anti-al-Qaeda fighters using guns with silencers or sticky bombs.