One killed, nine wounded in bomb attack in north Baghdad

15:56, January 02, 2011      

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One people was killed and nine others wounded in a bomb attack on the house of an court prosecutor in a village in the Iraqi province of Salahudin on Sunday, a provincial police source said.

Hardan Khalaf Jasim, prosecutor of a court in the town of Balad, some 80 km north of Baghdad, was wounded when unidentified gunmen planted bombs at his house in al-Rufei'at village, just west of Balad, and detonated them early in the morning, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blasts destroyed large part of the house, killing Jasim's nephew and wounding eight of his family members, including women and children, the source said.

Iraqi security forces have sealed off the scene and launched an investigation into the incident, the source added.

Insurgents frequently attack homes and families of Iraqi government officials and security members as part of attempts to reassert the insurgent's control in some areas where they've been limited in freedom of movement, he said.

The Sunni-dominated Salahudin province, is located in northern central of Iraq. Its capital city of Tikrit is the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks continue in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the last three years.

Source: Xinhua
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