Civilian killed, 6 injured in Iraq's Diyala violence

21:50, November 15, 2009      

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A civilian was killed and six people were wounded in separate attacks in Iraq's volatile province of Diyala northeast of Baghdad, provincial police source said Sunday.

A roadside bomb struck a minibus early in the day near the al-Neda village, some 150 km northeast of Baghdad, killing a passenger and wounding three others, one of them in critical condition, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi security forces searched the area and detained several suspects for interrogation, the source said.

In a separate incident, three policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in the town of Jedidat al-Shatt, near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source added.

The blast destroyed a police vehicle and several nearby buildings and civilian cars, he said.

Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces detained 13 suspected insurgents and defused two roadside bombs across the province during the day, the source said.

Diyala province stretches from the eastern edges of the capital to the Iranian border. It has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations there.

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