8 killed in Iraq's violence

19:42, July 13, 2010      

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Eight people were killed and 18 others were wounded in four attacks in central Iraq on Tuesday, the Iraqi police said.

Five family members were shot dead when gunmen stormed the house of Khudair Awad, a local Awakening Council group leader, in the town of Yousifiya, some 25 km south of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Awad and his wife were among the killed, the source said.

The Awakening Council group consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups who turned to fight the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

In Baghdad, two policemen were killed and five civilians were injured in a roadside bomb explosion near a police patrol in the Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, the source added.

In Iraq's western Anbar province, a magnetic bomb stuck to a civilian truck detonated in the morning in the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, killing the driver, a local police source said.

In the eastern Diyala province, 13 people were wounded, three of them in critical condition, when a bomb hidden in front of a shop went off near dozens of protestors in the city of Khalis, near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

The demonstration was calling on the provincial authority to execute the perpetrators of a deadly attack captured earlier in the city, he added.

On May 22, a suicide minibus bomber carried out a massive attack at a crowded commercial area in Khalis, killing 35 people and wounding 69 others, along with destroying three coffee shops, 12 other nearby shops, 14 houses and apartments and left seven vehicles totally charred at the scene.

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.

Sporadic attacks are still common in the Iraqi cities more than four 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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