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Iraq: 5 killed, 16 wounded in bomb attacks


BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Five people were killed and 16 wounded in separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and the country's eastern province of Diyala on Thursday, the police said.

One of the attacks occurred at about 7:30 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) when a car bomb detonated near a police station in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of al-Hurriyah, killing three people and wounding 11, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, an employee working at the Iraqi Parliament was wounded when a sticky bomb attached to his car went off while he was driving in al-Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, the source said.

In Diyala province, a roadside bomb struck the convoy of Fadhel Abbas al-Dulaimi, Chancellor of a Diyala University, in western the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing two of his bodyguards and wounding four others, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Dulaimi escaped the attack unharmed despite that the blast caused damages to his car, the source said.

Violence in Iraq has decreased from its climax in 2006 and 2007, when sectarian conflicts pushed the country to the brink of a civil war, but tensions and sporadic shootings and bombings still common across the country.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu

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