Bombings, shootings across Iraq kill 19

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings and shootings across Iraq have killed 19 people today.

The deadliest attack was an ambush north of Baghdad targeting a top military commander’s convoy. Police say the commander wasn’t hurt but six of his bodyguards were killed and four were wounded.

Two other attacks near Baqouba targeted former fighters in the anti-al-Qaida militia known as Sahwa. Gunmen killed two former fighters and the wife and two daughters of another. The militia joined with U.S. troops in the war against al-Qaida at the height of Iraq war and has been a target for Sunni insurgents ever since.

Violence has been on the rise in Iraq all year, but the number of attacks against civilians and security forces has spiked during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began early last month.

At least 597 people have been killed since the start of Ramadan, according to an Associated Press count.

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