Friday, 27th February 2015

18 killed, 34 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

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A total of 18 people were killed and 34 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Saturday, police said. Nine people were killed and six others injured in a shooting attack by unidentified gunmen on some alcohol shops in Waziriya district in central Baghdad on Saturday evening, a police source told Xinhua.

One civilian was killed and four others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in a popular market in Dora district in southern Baghdad, he added. Earlier in the day, eight people were killed and 24 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings across the country, police said.

In northern Iraq, three people were killed and 10 wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at a busy vegetable market in the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.Separately, Iraqi police carried out an operation on an insurgent hideout in eastern Mosul, arresting five suspects and seizing a factory producing explosives, the source said.

Near Baghdad, a civilian was killed and nine others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Sunni town of Mashahda, some 40 km north of Baghdad, a police source said.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, a sniper shot dead a policeman at a checkpoint in the provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, a policeman was killed and another wounded when gunmen in a speedy car opened fire on them at a checkpoint in Ramadi, the source said.

Meanwhile, two people were critically wounded when a sticky bomb attached to their car detonated at a village near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the source added.

In eastern Iraq, two civilians were killed in separate attacks by gunmen near Diyala's provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

Also in the province, a roadside bomb struck the car of a member of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group at a village near Baquba, wounding the Sahwa member and his relative who was with him in the car, the source said.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of attacks in recent years, which raised fears that terrorist groups and militias could plunge the country into uncontrollable sectarian violence. Baghdad (Xinhua)



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