Tribal leader killed, 13 people wounded in Iraq's violence

14:01, June 03, 2011      

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A Sunni Arab tribal leader was killed in west of Baghdad and 13 people were wounded in separate bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, the police said.

Sheikh Hameed Mohammed Samir, chieftain of Albu Duwaib tribe, was shot dead by gunmen who stormed his house in al-Golan district in the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Insurgent attacks continue in the once volatile Sunni Arab area in west of Baghdad that stretches through Anbar province to Iraq's western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The province cities, including Fallujah, has been relatively calm for more than three years after Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turned to cooperate with the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces against al-Qaida network in Iraq.

In Baghdad, a bomb attached to a car went off at al-Seleikh district in northern the capital, wounding two civilians, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the day, the source reported the wounding of 11 people, including two policemen, in three roadside bomb attacks in the capital, two of them targeted police patrols.

The attacks are part of a wave of violence against Iraq's government officials and security forces during the past few months.

Such bloody attacks across the country underscore the challenges that the Iraqi security forces are facing as they struggle to restore stability and normalcy in Iraqi cities about seven months before the departure of all U.S. forces by the end of 2011.

Source: Xinhua
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