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9 Killed, 15 Wounded in Violent Attacks in Iraq

 November 4, 2013


Tikirit car bombing, November 2, 2013 Talafar car bombing, November 2, 2013


9 killed, 15 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov. 3, 2013 (Xinhua) --

At least nine people were killed and 15 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, police said.

Two policemen were killed and six others wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked a police station in the central city of Baquba, 60 km northeast of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Two other suicide bombers tried to enter the police station after the first blast, but they were stopped by police guards, the source added.

Earlier, a suicide car bomb attacked a police checkpoint in Tall Afar, 70 km west of the northern city of Mosul, killing two policemen and wounding three others and a civilian, the police source told Xinhua.

Two Iraqi soldiers were killed as unidentified gunmen traveling in a car fired at an army checkpoint with automatic weapons in eastern Mosul, 400 km north of Baghdad, he added.

An army officer was killed and three soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb targeted an army patrol in the area of Yusufiya, just 20 km south of Baghdad, the police source said.

A civilian was killed and two others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded near the Diyala Bridge in southeastern Baghdad, while an engineer with the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture was killed by unidentified gunmen in the Ghazaliya area in the western part of the capital city, the source said.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, almost 7, 000 Iraqi civilians were killed and over 16,000 others injured from January to October this year. 

Seven dead in north Iraq violence

(AFP) November 4, 2013 


A series of attacks north of Baghdad -- including multiple bombings targeting police -- killed seven people on Monday, as Iraq grapples with its worst bloodshed since 2008.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has appealed to Washington for greater cooperation in fighting militancy as wide-ranging operations targeting insurgents and tightened security measures have done little to quell a months-long surge in violence.

In Monday's deadliest attack, multiple bombings targeting a police station in the predominantly Sunni Arab town of Sharqat, in Salaheddin province, left four policemen dead and a dozen more wounded, according to police and medical sources.

An initial car bomb outside the station caused no casualties, but as police and emergency responders gathered at the scene of the blast, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives-rigged belts.

Another car bomb, this one set off by a suicide bomber, was set off near a police academy in Salaheddin's capital Tikrit, just a day after the centre launched a recruitment drive.

Ten people were wounded by the explosion, officials said.

The latest attacks came a day after another coordinated set of bombings against a police headquarters in the restive central city of Baquba killed three policemen.

Also on Monday, gunmen shot dead three civil servants in the main northern city of Mosul and left another wounded.

Violence so far this year has left more than 5,400 people dead, the country's worst violence since 2008, when it was emerging from a brutal sectarian war in which tens of thousands were killed.

In addition to major security problems, the Iraqi government has failed to provide adequate basic services such as electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread.

Political squabbling has paralysed the government, while parliament has passed almost no major legislation in years.

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