Gunman killed, 3 policemen wounded in Baghdad silenced weapons attacks

13:23, May 15, 2011      

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A gunman was killed and three policemen wounded in separate attacks by silenced weapons in Baghdad on Saturday, an Interior Ministry source said.

Gunmen using weapons fitted with silencers opened fire on a traffic police and wounded him in Baghdad's northern district of al-Shaab, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The policeman shot back on the attackers and killed one of them, the source said.

In a separate incident, Lieutenant Colonel Mahmoud Nawaf from the Interior Ministry escaped with wound an attack by gunmen who opened fire from their silenced pistols on his car in Abu Dsheir area in southern Baghdad, the source added.

Also in the capital, gunmen using weapons equipped with silencers wounded an intelligence officer in al-Nisour Square in western central Baghdad, he said.

The attacks are seen as part of wave of assassinations by insurgent groups and gangs against Iraqi security members, officials and civilians. The groups' tactics include suicide bombings, gunfire by silenced weapons and sticky bombs attached to vehicles.

Source: Xinhua

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