Iraqi militants have attacked a town north of Baghdad, seizing local government buildings and killing at least 6 people, including two police officers.
Officials say the assault on Dhuluiya, about 80 kilometers north of the capital, began early Sunday. Government forces had retaken Dhuluiya last month after it had been overrun by the militants, but a new drive toward Baghdad appears to be under way.
On Saturday, gunmen stormed an apartment building in a Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least 29 people, mostly women.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and the motive is also not known.
Earlier Saturday, Human Rights Watch accused Iraqi security forces and government-backed militias of illegally executing at least 255 prisoners in the last month.
The group says the executions were carried out in six towns and villages.
Human Rights Watch says most of the prisoners were Sunnis who had run away from the extremist groups fighting to topple the government.