Two killed, 11 wounded in bomb explosions in N Iraq

15:04, March 18, 2011      

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Two shepherds were killed and 11 people wounded in two bomb explosions in the Iraqi provinces of Salahudin and Nineveh on Thursday, the police said.

Two shepherds were killed and another wounded by a bomblet of an old cluster bomb in an area north of Slahudin's capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Last year, Iraqi Environment Minister Narmin Othman appealed for more international support to clear the country of landmines and unexploded ordnance.

According to the ministry, there are more than 28 million landmines and unexploded ordnance, including some 500,000 unexploded pieces of cluster bombs.

In Nineveh province, ten people were wounded when a bike bomb detonated at a popular marketplace in central the provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast damaged several nearby shops and stalls, the source said.

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

Source: Xinhua

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