Policeman killed, three people wounded in central Iraq

09:38, June 20, 2011      

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A policeman was killed and three people wounded Sunday in two attacks in Baghdad and Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, police sources said.

The policeman was killed when gunmen in a car opened fire at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's southwestern district of al-Amil, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In Diyala's provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a sticky bomb attached to a bus went off in the west of the city, wounding three people, including a member of the local Awakening Council group, a source from Diyala's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The Awakening Council group, or al-Sahwa in Arabic, consists of paramilitary groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their gunpoint against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

Iraq has seen a wave of violence against the government officials, security forces and civilians during the past few months.

Source: Xinhua
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