Policeman killed, 9 injured in separate bomb attacks in Iraq

21:22, December 14, 2009      

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An Iraq policeman was killed and nine people were injured in separate bomb attacks in Iraq's Diyala province and Baghdad on Monday, police said.

A policeman was killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their patrol near an intersection in the town of Mandeli in Diyala near the Iranian border, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi security forces immediately cordoned off the scene and detained two suspects in the town, some 90 km east of the provincial capital of Baquba, the source said.

In separate incident, two civilians were injured by a roadside bomb explosion near a civilian car in the central Miqdadiya town, some 40 km northeast of Baquba, the source said, adding that a suspect was detained following the incident.

Separately, Iraqi security forces carried security operations across Diyala, detaining four people and defusing a roadside bomb, along with finding a cache of explosives and ammunition, the source added.

Diyala province, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, 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 against them.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad, two pedestrians were injured Monday when a roadside bomb detonated near an Iraqi army patrol as it was passing in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Qahira, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Separately, three more civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb explosion hit another Iraqi army patrol in Karrada district in central Baghdad, the source said.

Sporadic attacks continue in Iraq as part of recent security deterioration which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country ahead of the country's national polls early next year.

Source: Xinhua
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