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1 killed, 8 wounded in Iraq's violence


13:25, December 21, 2011

BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- An Iraqi soldier was killed and eight people injured Tuesday in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in and near Baghdad, the police said.

Gunmen using pistols fitted with silencers attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad's northwestern district of Sab al-Bour, killing one soldier and wounding two others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, two government employees were wounded when a sticky bomb attached to their car detonated in Adhamiyah district in northern Baghdad, the source said.

Besides, a roadside bomb went off in central the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, wounding four civilians, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Sporadic attacks are common in Iraqi cities as the U.S. troops fully withdrew from the country according to the security pact signed earlier between Baghdad and Washington late in 2008.

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