Bomb explosions kill two, wound 18 in Iraq

13:04, August 09, 2010      

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Iraqi soldiers inspect burnt cars following a blast at a parking lot in the Sinak district of Baghdad. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Two Iraqis were killed and 18 others were injured in bomb attacks across the country on Sunday morning, the police said.

In Iraq's western Anbar province, a booby-trapped car parked near a school in the al-Shurtta neighborhood in Fallujah city, some 50 km west of Baghdad, exploded in the morning, killing two people and wounding four others, a provincial police source said.

In Baghdad, a bomb ripped through a bus parking lot in the downtown area, damaging several vehicles at the scene, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Separately, three roadside bombs struck the neighborhoods of Mansour, Kadhmiyah and Baiyaa, wounding four traffic policemen and a civilian, the source said.

In Diyala, six people were wounded in a bomb explosion outside a house in Abu Saida town, some 80 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from the provincial operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In northern Iraq, Atheel al-Nujaifi, the governor of Nineveh province, escaped unhurt a twin roadside bomb explosions near his convoy in the Dawasa district in the central area of the provincial capital city Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

The two blasts damaged one of the convoy's cars and wounded three policemen on the scene, the unnamed official added.

Nujaifi, a Sunni Arab governor of Nineveh province and a member in the Iraqia List headed by Ayad Allawi, was targeted by bomb attacks several times since he won the majority of the seats in the provincial elections early in 2009.

Violence and some high-profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities as security deteriorated, causing a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country about five months after Iraq held parliamentary elections on March 7.

Source: Xinhua

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