Two people killed in Iraq's violence

14:27, July 12, 2010      

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Two people were killed and five others wounded in bomb and gunfire attacks in Baghdad and in Iraq' s eastern province of Diyala on Sunday, the police said.

Maitham Shqier, an official from foreign relations department in Baghdad's provincial council, was shot dead by gunmen using pistols fitted with silencers when driving in Baghdad's western district of al-Harthiyah on Saturday night, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In another attack, Ahmed Hamad al-Zoubaie, former leader of the local Awakening Council group, was seriously wounded when gunmen opened fire at his house at dawn in the al-Zaidan neighborhood in Abu Ghraib area just west of Baghdad, the source said.

The Awakening Council group consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgents, who fought the al-Qaida network which exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

In Diyala province, an Awakening Council group member was killed and two others wounded when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the al-Dayniyah area, some 50 km east of the provincial capital city of Baquba, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

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