Five people were killed and seven others injured in attacks in the provinces of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and Diyala in northeast of Baghdad, the police said. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
BAGHDAD, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed and seven others injured in attacks in the provinces of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and Diyala in northeast of Baghdad, the police said.
Three policemen were killed and three others injured when a roadside bomb went off near their vehicle in the al-Khadraa district in southern the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Iraqi security forces cordoned off the scene and searched the area looking for attackers and for more possible roadside bombs, the source said.
In Diyala, a farmer was killed and two others were injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on them at a ranch near the town of Khalis, some 70 km northeast of Baghdad, an anonymous provincial police source told Xinhua.
In separate incident, a woman was shot dead at another ranch near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said, adding that Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene and detained an armed suspect.
Also in Diyala, two people, including an old man, were critically injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them at the al-Dojma village some 75 km north of Baquba, the source added.
Iraqi security forces carried out several search operations across the province and detained five suspects, believe to be involved in terrorist acts against civilians and security forces, he said.
Sporadic attacks continue in Iraq as part of recent deterioration in security which shaped a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country ahead of the country's national elections early next year.
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