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Iraq: 10 killed, 22 wounded in shootings and bombings


BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): A total of 10 people were killed and 22 others wounded in separate shootings and bombings, including a car bombing, across Iraq on Tuesday, the police said.

The deadliest attack reportedly occurred in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala when a car bomb went off at a marketplace in the town of Bani Saad, some 50 km northeast of Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding 15 others, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, a civilian was killed and four wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in front of their house in western the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.

Also in the province, a civilian was wounded when gunmen opened fire on him near the town of Udhiem, some 60 km north of Baquba, the source added.

In northern Iraq, an Iraqi army soldier was killed and two were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their patrol in al- Muthanna neighborhood in eastern the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.

Elsewhere, gunmen wearing military uniforms broke into a house in the town of Madin, some 30 km southeast of Baghdad, and dragged a man and his son outside the house and shot them dead, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.

In Baghdad, gunmen shot dead an employee of the Iraqi Education Ministry while he was driving his car on al-Qanat Street in eastern the capital, the source said.

In addition, gunmen attacked a security checkpoint manned by the government-backed Awakening Council group members in the city of Shirqat, some 280 km north of Baghdad, killing one of the group members, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

After the attack, the Iraqi security forces carried out a search operation in the area and captured nine suspects, along with seizing 10 roadside bombs, the source said.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

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