Five people killed in attacks in Iraq

14:24, May 09, 2011      

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Five people, including a suspected al-Qaida militant, were killed and three wounded in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in central and northern Iraq on Sunday, the police said.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb went off in the afternoon and killed two civilians in Baghdad's northwestern district of Shula, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Near Baghdad, a police officer was killed and two policemen wounded when a roadside bomb struck their patrol on a main road in al-Saqlawiyah area, near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

In northern Iraq, a suspected al-Qaida leader was killed after clashes with Iraqi security forces which raided his safe house in the town of al-Hawijah, some 210 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

An Iraqi army officer was killed by the clashes and a policeman wounded, the source said.

Earlier in the day, the police reported the killing of six policemen and 11 suspected al-Qaida militants in fighting between security forces and prisoners in a counter-terrorism detention center in Baghdad, according to Major General Qassim Atta, spokesman of Baghdad's Operations Command, responsible for security in the capital.

Also earlier in the day, the police reportedly said that five people were killed and five wounded in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in Baghdad and Iraq's eastern province of Diyala.

In addition, Iraqi security forces conducted search operations across Diyala province during the past 24 hours and arrested 14 suspects, including five wanted individuals, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

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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