BAGHDAD — Insurgents bent on destabilizing Iraq killed at least 18 people in separate attacks on Sunday, including five kidnapped Iraqi soldiers and an 8-year-old child, officials said.
The boldest attack was near the northern city of Mosul, where militants set up a fake security checkpoint, captured five soldiers and shot them dead, a police officer said. The soldiers were dressed in civilian clothes and returning to base in a taxi, he added.
Attacks have been on the rise in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown in April on a Sunni protest camp. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears the country could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought it to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.