2 Iraqis killed, police officer escapes assassination in Iraq's violence

17:39, July 17, 2011      

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Two people were killed and three wounded in bomb attacks in and near Baghdad on Sunday, while a police officer escaped with wounds a gunfire attack in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin during the day, the police said.

A roadside bomb went off in the morning near a car in Baghdad's western district of Amriyah, killing two civilians and wounding another, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Near Baghdad, a roadside bomb struck a civilian car in the town of Mahmoudiyah, some 30 km south of Baghdad, wounding two people, the source said.

In Salahudin province, Brigadier General Ahmed Bdeiwi, head of the provincial major crimes department, escaped with wounds an attack by gunmen on his convoy while travelling near a village at the edges of the city of Sherqat, some 280 km north of Baghdad, a source from Salahudin's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attack occurred in the early morning as Bdeiwi was heading to his work in Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, the source said, adding that Bdeiwi's bodyguards and security forces at a nearby checkpoint traded fire with the attackers who fled the scene.

Salahudin province, located in northern central of Iraq, is a Sunni-dominated province. Its capital city of Tikrit is the hometown of the former president Saddam Hussein.

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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