Iraq

Curfew lifted in Baghdad as violence remains across Iraq

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BAGHDAD, Jun 17, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Iraqi authorities lift a four-day curfew on Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Sunday as violence is still rampant in other parts of the country.

Cars and pedestrians returned to Baghdad's streets on Sunday as Iraqi authorities lifted a four-day curfew, which was imposed on Wednesday following the second attack on a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra, 120 km north of Baghdad. Samarra is still under a curfew.

However, violence remained infesting in Iraq on Sunday.

Iraqi police patrols found the corpse of a senior official of a newspaper in a morgue in Baghdad, the Iraq state television reported on Sunday.

"The body of Fleih Widdaay Mijthab, chief editor of the official al-Sabah newspaper, has been found in the morgue," al- Iraqiya channel said.

Mijthab was abducted by unknown gunmen from his house in the al- Habibiyah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad on June 12.

Elsewhere, two Kurdish fighters were killed and three more wounded on Sunday in a suicide car bomb attack near Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk,, local police chief said.

"A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into two passing Peshmerga vehicles, killing two fighters and injuring three more," Brigadier Burhan Wasif, police chief of Kirkuk City, told Xinhua by telephone.

Kirkuk, an ethnically mixed city, lies 250 km north of Baghdad.