Iraqi Finance Ministry aide killed with driver, 13 others dead across Iraq
(MSN) - Two carloads of gunmen ambushed a top aide to Iraq's Finance Ministry on Sunday in Baghdad, killing him and his driver, police said. The two were among 15 people killed or found dead in Iraq. The Finance Ministry had no immediate comment about the attack on Qutaiba Badir al-Din Mohammed, a Sunni adviser to Iraq's finance minister. Ten other Iraqis killed were in Diyala, the troubled province northeast of Baghdad. Police said the victims included an Iraqi soldier, a policeman and an 8-year-old child, all killed separately. The soldier died when gunmen attacked his patrol in Khalis, a mostly Shiite town 80 kilometers ( 50 miles) north of the capital, police said. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack, they said. The child died after seven mortar rounds landed on a residential area in the same town at sunrise, police said. A woman was also wounded by the barrage. And the policeman was killed in a drive-by shooting in nearby Muqdadiyah, 95 kilometers ( 60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. A parked car bomb exploded in a commercial area in central Tikrit, killing three civilians including a 6-year-old boy, police said. Ten others were hurt by the blast, which damaged 15 retail shops in the area.