Senior officer killed, 10 people wounded in Iraq's violence

17:38, January 24, 2011      

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An Iraqi senior officer was killed and ten people were wounded in separate bomb attacks in Baghdad and Salahudin province in north of Baghdad on Monday, the police said.

Iraqi army's Brigadier General Thamir Hassan Saleh, who works at the office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, was killed when a roadside bomb went off near his car in Baghdad's western district of Ghazaliyah, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A security man accompanying Saleh was wounded by the blast, which occurred in the morning while Saleh was heading to work, the source said.

In a separate incident, a bomb planted at a parking lot for minibuses carrying passengers in Baghdad's northwestern district of al-Shula, detonated and wounded five people, the source added.

In Salahudin province, a roadside bomb exploded near the convoy of the provincial governor Ahmed Abdullah al-Jubouri, who escaped the attack unhurt, but four of his bodyguards were wounded, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast took place while Jubouri was on his way to work at al- Qadssiyah district in northern the provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, the source said.

Salahudin province, located in northern central Iraq, is mainly Sunni province. Its capital city of Tikrit is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.

Earlier in the day, the Iraqi police said that six people were killed and some 10 others were wounded in a twin car bomb blasts at a parking lot in the holy Shiite city of Karbala, some 110 km southwest of Baghdad.

The double blasts targeted Shiite pilgrims who converge in tens of thousands from outside Iraq and from different Iraqi provinces on the holy shrine of Imam Hussien in Karbala to commemorate the death of the Imam who was killed at the battle of Karbala in 680 A. D.

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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