A trash collector and the head of security for Baghdad University were killed in separate drive-by shootings on Thursday as a string of attacks left at least seven people dead in the capital, police said.
The attack against the trash collector, a Shiite, took place at 7:30 am in western Baghdad, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.
Gunmen in a civilian car also intercepted a car carrying Kadhim Challoub, who was in charge of the guards at Baghdad University, ordered his driver and his guard out, then killed the security chief on the eastern side of the capital, police Lt Mohammad Khayoun said.
He also said a roadside bomb aimed at a police patrol missed its target but killed one civilian and wounded another in northern Baghdad.
Two merchants identified as Mohammad Abdullah and Luay Hussein were shot to death near the civil defence office as they were waiting for a car to take them to work in the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhood of Sadiyah in southwestern Baghdad, Hussein said.
Elsewhere in the capital, baker Abdul-Amir Dhahi was killed when a bomb exploded near the bakery where he worked in the insurgent stronghold of Dora, police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razzaq said.
Electrical worker Asaad Hassan Muhi also was gunned down while he was heading to work in a predominantly Sunni area of western Baghdad, Abdul-Razzaq said.