Sunni paramilitary leader killed, 28 people wounded in Iraq's violence

11:07, June 17, 2010      

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A leader of an anti-Qaida paramilitary group leader was killed, and a total of 28 people wounded across the country on Wednesday, the police said.

A bomb planted in the car of an Awakening Council group leader in Abu Ghraib area, just west of Baghdad, killing him and wounding one of his bodyguards, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Also in Abu Ghraib, a roadside bomb went off near a passing police patrol in the al-Zaiytoon Street, damaging a police vehicle and wounding four policemen aboard, the source said.

Elsewhere, a roadside bomb struck a minibus carrying passengers in the al-Mala'b district in central the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, damaging the minibus and critically wounding the driver, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In Baghdad, a Higher Education Ministry senior official escaped unhurt a roadside bomb explosion near his convoy in the Karrada district, wounding three civilians, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, the police said that 19 people were wounded in separate attacks during the day across the country, including 14 people wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted a police patrol in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.

Sporadic attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities more than three months after the country held its landmark parliamentary election which is widely expected to shape the political landscape of the war-torn country.

Source: Xinhua


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