Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2 killed, 11 wounded in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Two people were killed and eleven others wounded Wednesday in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraq, the police said.

In Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin, a roadside bomb went off close to a police vehicle on a main road near Samarra city, some 110 km north of the capital Baghdad, killing one policeman aboard and injuring four others including an officer, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb struck a civilian car travelling near the town of Balad, some 80 km north of Baghdad, killing the driver and wounding three persons aboard, the source said.

Salahudin province is a Sunni-dominated province. Its capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad, two civilians were injured when a roadside bomb detonated at the entrance of Harthiyah district in western the capital, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a policeman was wounded when a roadside bomb hit his patrol near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from Diyala's operations command anonymously told Xinhua.

In addition, gunmen wounded a government employee in the town of Hibhib, some 20 km northwest of Baquba, the source said.

Also in Diyala, Iraqi security forces carried out search operations across the province during the past 24 hours and arrested nine suspects, including four wanted individuals, the source added.

Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.
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