Bombs, ambush kill 9 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants at a fake checkpoint shot three truck drivers dead Tuesday in an ambush, and bombings killed six people, as the deadliest violence in years plagues Iraq.

Gunmen killed the three drivers early Tuesday at their checkpoint on a road in central Iraq. The gunmen stopped the trucks in a remote area in Diyala province and then executed the drivers, a security official said.

Deadly attacks have been on the rise, reaching levels not seen since 2008. The surge in bloodshed, following months of protests by the country’s Sunni Arab minority against the Shiite-led government, is raising fears that Iraq is heading for another bout of uncontrollable sectarian violence.

In the volatile city of Mosul, police said a bomb struck a military convoy, killing three soldiers and two officers. Also in Mosul, a policeman was killed when a roadside bomb hit his convoy. The city is 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but security forces are a favorite target for Sunni insurgents.

Medical officials confirmed the death toll from the attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

Tuesday’s renewed violence came a day after a string of deadly attacks in several Iraqi cities, including Mosul, killed at least 63 people.

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Associated Press writer Qassim Abdul-Zahra contributed.

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