Civilian killed in Iraq's Diyala violence

21:00, January 13, 2010      

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A civilian was killed and five others injured in separate incidents in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Wednesday, a provincial police source said.

Unknown gunman shot dead a civilian and wounded another in the morning in the Ameen district in northern the provincial capital city Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Separately, an Iraqi soldier was wounded at dawn by a sniper shot while manning a checkpoint in the town of Sa'diyah, some 130 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene and searched the nearby area, arresting two suspects, the source added.

Also in the province, three passengers, two of them were soldiers, were wounded in a traffic accident in central the city of Baquba in the morning, he said.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi security forces also arrested eight people and defused three roadside bombs in different parts of the province during the day, he added.

In addition, a roadside bomb went off near a U.S. military patrol near the city of Khalis, some 20 km northwest of Baquba, the source said without saying whether the U.S. troops sustained any casualties as the troops sealed off the scene preventing the Iraqi security forces from approaching the area.

The U.S. military has no immediate comment on the incident.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, 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.

Source: Xinhua
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