Civilian killed in Iraq's violence

10:19, June 17, 2011      

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A civilian was killed and two people wounded in separate attacks in Baghdad and Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Thursday, the police said.

Gunmen using assault rifles shot dead a man working as a porter in a popular vegetable market in western the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Also in Mosul, Zuhair al-Jubouri, a member of Mosul's city hall, was critically wounded when a roadside bomb went off in front of his house in eastern the city while he was leaving to work in the morning, the source said.

In Baghdad, Mahdi Khudair, a chief of security of Baghdad airport, was wounded in the morning when gunmen using silenced weapons opened fire on his car while he was driving in Mansour district in western the capital, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attacks are part of wave of assassinations by militias and gangs against Iraqi security members, officials and civilians. The attackers' tactics varied from suicide bombings, gunfire by silenced weapons and sticky bombs attached to vehicles.

The latest bloody wave across the country underscores 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 American forces by the end of 2011.

Source: Xinhua
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