Violence in Iraq, including attacks on two members of a district council in the north, killed eight people on Sunday, officers and doctors said.

The attacks are just the latest in a surge in violence that has killed more than 340 people this month and over 2,600 so far this year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

Iraq has faced years of attacks by militants, but analysts say widespread discontent among the Sunni Arab minority which the Shia-led government has failed to address has driven the spike in unrest this year.

Five people were killed in Nineveh province, which is centred on the main northern city of Mosul.

A roadside bomb killed district councillor Mohammed Obaid Sultan south of the city, along with one of his sons. Another son was wounded. In Mosul itself, two soldiers were shot dead at a checkpoint.

In Fallujah, west of Baghdad, gunmen shot dead police Lieutenant Colonel Iyad al-Samarraie and wounded two of his guards near a mosque. — AFP