More than two dozen Iraqi civilians and police have been killed today, Wednesday, in Baghdad and parts of central and northern Iraq, in a wave of bombings and attacks meant to intimidate voters less than two weeks ahead of national elections.
Five bombings were carried out in Baghdad. Wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group (al-Qaida in Iraq) claimed responsibility for three of them, including one outside the Australian embassy. The U.S. military reported at least 26 people were killed and many others wounded in those blasts.
At least four other Iraqis were killed in bombings and attacks in the cities of Kirkuk, Irbil and Hilla.
A British company said two of its employees -- a Briton and an Iraqi -- were killed and a third employee is missing after gunmen ambushed their convoy near the city of Beiji.