BAGHDAD, July 14, 2009 (AFP) - Three people were killed, including two police officers, in Baghdad and near the city of Baquba on Tuesday, Iraqi security officials said.
The two police officers were shot dead while on patrol by armed men in the centre of the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry official said. One of the gunmen was killed in the attack.
In a town east of Baquba, meanwhile, a police officer's nephew was kidnapped and executed, a security official said.
The killings come just two weeks after US troops withdrew from Iraq's urban centres as part of a security pact between Baghdad and Washington that calls on American forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011.