Bomb kills 3 school children in Iraq's Diyala

14:56, April 12, 2010      

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Three children brothers were killed and their fourth brother was wounded on Sunday in a bomb explosion as they were heading to their school in a rural area in Iraq's volatile province of Diyala in northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

The incident took place in the morning when four brothers aged between seven and 12, were on their way to a local primary school in the Adhaim area, some 60 km north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast immediately killed three of the brothers and critically wounded the fourth who has been transferred to a hospital in Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.

The father of the four children is a former leader of an Awakening Council group, a government-backed paramilitary group which fought the extremist Sunni militants of Qaida, he said.

The Awakening Councils are armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

"The incident is under investigation as the police believe that the attack is a revenge act against the children's father by the Qaida militants," the source added.

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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