Five Iraqi judges escaped assassination attempts in separate bomb attacks Monday in east Baghdad.
five bombs were planted near the homes or vehicles of the judges in
different neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital, but they failed to kill
their targets. One of the judges and his wife were wounded.
Iraqi officials say they believe the attacks were planned and could be part of a campaign by militants to intimidate the court.
attacks come just days after gunmen shot and killed a senior judge as
he was driving home in eastern Baghdad. Judge Kamil al-Showaili, who
headed one of the capital's two appeals courts, was killed Friday.
other news, an Iraqi provincial leader accused the U.S. military of
violating Iraq's sovereignty by conducting a raid that killed a
relative of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Iraqi officials say
U.S. troops backed by helicopters raided the town of Hindiyah near the
Shi'ite holy city of Karbala early Friday and killed an Iraqi security
guard related to Mr. Maliki.
Karbala's governor, Aqil al-Khuzaie
said Sunday that the U.S. operation violated an agreement that
transferred his province to Iraqi control last year.
military says troops shot the man in self-defense after seeing him
emerge from a building holding an AK-47 rifle as if to fire. The
military says it "deeply regrets" the loss of life and is investigating
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.