Two killed, 16 wounded in Iraq violence

11:25, March 24, 2010      

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Two people were killed and 16 others wounded in separate attacks in Baghdad and Iraq's eastern Diyala province on Tuesday, the police said.

In Diyala, an Iraqi soldier was killed and seven others were injured in a bomb explosion near their patrol in the town of Jalawla, some 150 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Also in the province, the leader of a local anti-Qaida paramilitary group was killed when a roadside bomb struck his motorcycle in the town of Baladruz, east of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.

Three more people, including a child, were wounded in another roadside bomb explosion near their car in Baladruz, the source added.

In Baghdad, four people were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near the Elwiyah Hospital in eastern the capital, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In separate incident, two people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near the Babil Hotel on the eastern side on the Tigris River which bisects the Iraqi capital, the source said.

The attacks came as the Iraqis across the country are expecting the results of the March 7 parliamentary election which will shape the future of the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua
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