At least three killed in Iraq shootings
At least three Iraqis were killed and six injured in separate incidents across the country, police said Saturday, amid wrangling over parliamentary elections results, dpa reported.
Saturday's deaths came amid fears that instability could follow Iraqi political parties' refusal to recognize the results of the March 7 polls, which showed former prime minister Ayad Allawi's Iraqi List with a two-seat lead over incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki's State of Law coalition.
Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh on Saturday said al-Maliki's bloc would mount a court challenge to the results of the polls, widely seen as a test of Iraq's stability ahead of US combat troops' withdrawal from the country.
In Saturday's deadliest incident, two civilians in the northern city of Mosul were killed by stray bullets fired in the air to celebrate Allawi's win, police told the German Press Agency dpa.
Politicians from the Arab nationalist party that rode to power in last year's provincial elections in the city had campaigned on Allawi's list.
Gunmen intentionally shot a third civilian in a separate incident in the city, police said, without elaborating.
In yet another attack in the city, six policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb targeted their patrol.
The deaths in the north of the country followed the fatal shooting of an off-duty Iraqi soldier in Tikrit, famous for being former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Police said a sniper fatally the soldier, whom they identified as Khalid Shalal, at dawn near his home in the town.
The sporadic violence followed twin bombings as Friday's results were announced that, together, killed more than 50 people and injured more than 70 in a crowded district in the town of Khalis, just north of Baghdad.