BAGHDAD, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed, including a senior police officer and his wife, and nine others wounded in bomb and gunfire attacks near Baghdad and the volatile province of Diyala on Wednesday, police said.
A roadside bomb detonated near the car of Colonel Shalal al-Zoubaie, a deputy police chief of Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, killing him and his wife, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In separate incident, a booby-trapped car went off at a main road near the town of al-Mahmoudiyah, some 30 km south of Baghdad, wounding four people, the source said.
In Diyala, an anonymous provincial police source told Xinhua that a civilian was shot dead and two others, including a woman, were wounded when unknown gunmen showered them with bullets in a village located some 35 km east of the provincial capital of Baquba.
Iraqi security forces immediately cordoned off the scene and searched the area, arresting four suspects for interrogation, the source said.
In another incident, two people were injured when a bomb planted in a generator detonated in a residential area near the town of al-Miqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, he said.
Separately, another civilian was seriously wounded when unidentified armed men opened fire on him in the Jurf al-Mileh area, near Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source added.
Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of the capital to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.
Sporadic attacks continue in Iraq as part of recent deterioration in security that shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country after more than three months of U.S. troops pullout of cities and towns.
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