Thursday, August 16, 2012

9 killed, 10 injured by attacks in east Iraq

BAQUBA, Iraq, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people were killed and 10 others injured Thursday in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police source said.

A roadside bomb detonated near an army patrol in Hemreen area, some 110 km northeast of Baghdad, killing four soldiers and wounding two others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, two policemen were killed and three others injured when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in Dhouib area, some 15 km south of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.

In addition, gunmen with assault rifles attacked a police checkpoint at an intersection just west of Baquba, killing one policeman and wounding another, the source added.

Meanwhile, a member of the government-backed Awakening Council group was gunned down by gunmen near his house in Aswad village, some 9 km north of Baquba, he said.

The Awakening Council group, also known as Sons of Iraq movement or Sahwa, consists of mostly anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent militant groups, who turned their rifles to fight al-Qaida network after Sahwa's leaders became dismayed by al-Qaida's brutality and religious zealotry in the country.

Separately, unidentified militants attacked a police checkpoint in al-Rasul village, some 17 km southwest of Baquba. The 15-minute clash resulted in the killing of one of the attackers, he added.

Also in Diyala, a booby-trapped car detonated at the entrance of al-Wajihiyah town, 20 km northeast of Baquba, injuring four civilians, he said.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

2012-08-16 16:53:19

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