Sunday, January 22, 2012

6 people killed in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Six people were killed and three others injured in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in eastern and northern Iraq on Sunday, the police said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, gunmen with assault rifles attacked a checkpoint jointly manned by policemen and fighters of a government-backed Awakening Council group in a village near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A fierce fighting erupted between the two sides and resulted in the killing of two group fighters and a policeman, while two of the attackers were also killed in the clash, the source said.

The Awakening Council group, or Sahwa in Arabic, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups which fought al-Qaida militants in the Sunni Arab areas after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, a booby-trapped car detonated in central the provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding three people, including two policemen, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Insurgents continue daily attacks including suicide bombings across Iraq since the U.S. troops pulled out of the country earlier last month.
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