Five killed, 11 wounded in Iraq's violence

22:11, December 02, 2010      

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Five people were killed and eleven wounded in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in northern and central Iraq on Thursday, the police said.

In northern part of the country, Iraqi security soldiers shot dead a gunman while he was trying to hurl a grenade on their checkpoint in the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, unidentified gunmen stormed a house in western Mosul, and shot dead a woman inside before they fled the scene, the source said without giving further details.

Mosul has long been a stronghold for insurgent groups, including al-Qaida militants. The province has been the battlefield of major security crackdowns led by the U. S. troops and Iraqi security forces to uproot the insurgency which erupted shortly after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

In central Iraq, two government employees were killed and another was wounded in a bomb explosion at a potable water plant in Abu Ghraib area, some 20 km west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Also in the area, gunmen stormed a house of an Awakening Council group member and shot dead his wife, the source said.

The paramilitary group member was not at home when the gunmen attacked his house, the source added.

The Awakening Council, or al-Sahwa in Arabic, consists of some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, which turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

In Baghdad, ten people were wounded, including two policemen, in four bomb attacks in the capital during the day, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks continue in the Iraqi cities despite the country's lawmakers approved an agreement that aimed at bringing Iraq's feuding political blocs into a new government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Source: Xinhua


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