Also today, in Baghdad, popular Iraqi television personality Nagham Abdul-Zahra suffered minor injuries after leaping off her second-floor balcony to escape kidnappers. The kidnappers fled when Abdul-Zahra started screaming.
Elsewhere in the capital, Iraqi police gunned down a Sunni cleric at a checkpoint. It's not clear what provoked the shooting.
And a report quoting witnesses says that a car bomb exploded in Baghdad, causing casualties.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Shi'ite leaders began talks with Sunni and Kurdish representatives on forming a national unity government.
(AP, dpa, Reuters)