Iraqi killed, 4 wounded in central Iraq violence

09:56, July 15, 2011      

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Gunmen shot dead a man in his house in west of Baghdad on Thursday, while four people were wounded in a police raid on gunmen safe house in north of the capital during the day, the police said.

In early hours of the day, gunmen disguised as Iraqi security forces broke into a house in Abu Ghraib area, some 20 km west of Baghdad, and shot dead a man before they fled the scene, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The victim is an ex-Awakening Council group member, or al-Sahwa in Arabic, who fought al-Qaida group militants in the Sunni Arab areas during the years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the source said.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene and launched investigation into the incident, he said.

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.

In north of Baghdad, two policemen and two gunmen were wounded in a clash erupted between gunmen and an Iraqi police force during a raid on a safe house used by insurgents in the village of al- Hajaj near the city of Tikrit, the capital of Salahudin province, a source from the provincial operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The police arrested the two wounded gunmen and ten others at the scene for interrogation, the source said.

Salahudin province, located in northern central Iraq, is a mainly Sunni province. Its capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of the former president Saddam Hussien.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the past few years.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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