Sixteen people were killed today in Iraq, in renewed violence less than two weeks from elections.
The violence comes ahead of parliamentary elections on March 7, the second legislative polls since the ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein after the invasion.
In the worst single incident, gunmen shot and killed eight members of the same family and cut the heads off some of them today in Madaen, a Sunni Muslim district southeast of Baghdad.
In the northern city of Mosul, two Iraqi soldiers and two policemen were killed in separate attacks on checkpoints in the city.
In Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Governorate, a suicide car bomber struck an Interior Ministry detention center, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy.
In Baghdad, a higher Education Ministry official was gunned down.
compiled from agency reports