A suicide bomber blew himself up in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk
Saturday, killing at least five people and wounding at least eight
Local police say among those killed at a car dealership
in the southern part of the city was a senior member of a U.S.-allied
Sunni group from Diyala province.
Earlier Saturday, unknown
gunmen killed an adviser to Iraq's culture minister in a drive-by
shooting in Baghdad. Authorities say Kamel Shiya was driving on a
highway when the gunmen opened fire, killing him and wounding his
Also Saturday, an Iraqi court sentenced to death
former Sunni Culture Minister Assad Kamal al-Hashimi for his role in an
assassination attempt against a fellow Sunni politician in 2005. Two
sons of the targeted politician, Mithal al-Alusi, were killed in the
Hashimi, believed to be in hiding since last year, was tried and sentenced in absentia.
other developments, Iraqi authorities say unidentified gunmen abducted
eight Iraqis from their homes in Diyala province Friday night.
and U.S. forces recently began an offensive in Diyala to crack down on
militants based in the province, located northeast of Baghdad.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.