Policeman killed, 10 people wounded in Iraq's Diyala

10:21, July 31, 2011      

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A policeman was killed and ten others wounded in separate attacks in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Saturday, the police said.

Gunmen shot dead a policeman and wounded a local Awakening Council group member in western the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from Diyala's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, six people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at a marketplace in the town of Qara-Tapa, some 110 km north of Baquba, the source said.

In addition, three people were wounded when gunmen opened fire on civilians in Sherwin area, some 50 km east of Baquba, the source added.

Also in the province, Iraqi security forces carried out search operations across the province during the past 24 hours, and arrested seven suspects, including five wanted for charges of terrorism, he said.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border, has long been a stronghold for al- Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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