BAGHDAD (AFP) - A car bomb targeting Shia pilgrims in Iraq and the shooting of a lawyer and his family left 19 people dead on Wednesday, after Al-Qaeda warned it would target lawyers and retake territory in a new campaign. The attacks were the latest in an apparent spike in unrest since the beginning of the holy month of Ramazan, bringing to 88 the number of people killed so far this month. Earlier on Wednesday, gunmen shot dead a lawyer, his judicial investigator son and six of their family members in a town north of Baghdad. The shooting took place at the home of Khayrallah Shati, a lawyer in the town of Baiji, 200 kilometres north of the capital, killing him, his wife, five sons and another relative who was staying with them.
"Gunmen raided his house and opened fire on the family.... Initial reports are that this is a terrorist attack, but the investigation is still ongoing."