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Iraqis gather at the scene of a bombing in Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad.A bomb killed dozens at a Sunni mosque as they were emerging from Friday prayers.
Iraqis gather at the scene of a bombing in Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad.A bomb killed dozens at a Sunni mosque as they were emerging from Friday prayers. (ADEM HADEI / AP)
Posted: May 19, 2013

Iraqi violence targets police

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed an antiterrorism policeman and his family in Baghdad on Saturday, while kidnappers abducted eight policemen guarding a post on Iraq's main highway to Jordan and Syria, the latest in a wave of violence to grip the country. Attackers also shot dead a Sunni cleric in the Shiite-majority south.

The attacks follow three days of bombings and other violence that killed 130 people, targeting a market, a mosque, and bus stops in both Shiite and Sunni areas in scenes reminiscent of retaliatory attacks between the two groups that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006-07.

Saturday's deadliest attack occurred when gunmen stormed the house of an antiterrorism officer in the southern suburbs of Baghdad, killing him and his sleeping family.

Police officials say the attackers shot dead Capt. Adnan Ibrahim, his wife, and two children, ages 8 and 10. - AP

6 bodies seen at collapsed mine

TIMIKA, Indonesia - Rescuers searching for 23 trapped workers at a giant U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia spotted six bodies Saturday but weren't able to immediately retrieve them, a company official said.

The collapse at the Big Gossan underground training facility at the PT Freeport Indonesia mine happened Tuesday when 38 workers were undergoing safety training. Ten miners were rescued and five bodies have been recovered since then.

"Rescuers have spotted six bodies, but sudden falling debris prevented them from taking them," said Rozik B. Soetjipto, president director of PT Freeport Indonesia. "Hopefully they could be picked up tonight." - AP

Fiery landing for Russian jet

MOSCOW - An airliner carrying more than 130 people caught fire Saturday as it was landing in Moscow, and passengers evacuated the plane by jumping off one of its wings and shooting down an evacuation slide.

The Emergencies Ministry said that none of the passengers and crew members were injured by the fire on the landing gear of the Boeing 737 at Vnukovo Airport on Saturday.

A ministry statement said the plane belonging to the Russian carrier UTair was flying to Moscow from the southern city of Stavropol. The ministry said it was carrying 136 passengers and six crew members, but Russian news agencies quoted the airline as saying there were 129 passengers.

- AP

Elsewhere:

Baggage handlers in Cairo's airport have gone on strike to protest a colleague's death, leaving passengers on 20 international flights waiting several hours for luggage. The strike started Saturday after a baggage handler who works for EgyptAir died when a conveyor belt fell on his head.

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