Officials: Drive-by shootings in Baghdad kill 3 traffic policemen; gunmen kill 3 in house raid

By Bushra Juhi, AP
Thursday, August 5, 2010

3 traffic policemen, 3 others die in Iraq violence

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say three traffic policemen have died in drive-by shootings in western Baghdad while gunmen stormed the house of a policemen, killing him, his wife and a relative.

The Wednesday night shootings raise to at least five the number of traffic policemen killed since Tuesday in Baghdad. Police and health officials say at least seven traffic policemen have been wounded over the same period in the Iraqi capital.

In the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, police officials say gunmen stormed a policeman’s house, killing him, his wife and a relative.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Overall violence has decreased, but attacks still occur daily across Iraq.

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