BAQUBA, Iraq, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and 11 others injured in separate incidents in Iraq's volatile province of Diyala, a provincial police source said on Thursday.
Two people were killed and ten others injured Thursday when an explosive charge hidden in a cart detonated at a busy popular market in the Mu'lemeen neighborhood in western Baquba, the provincial capital city located some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Two children were among the wounded by the blast that also destroyed six shops and many stalls, the source said.
In separate incident, gunmen shot dead Sameer Aziz, a high school student, in the city of Khalis, some 15 km northwest of Baquba, the source added.
Aziz's Sunni family was displaced for two years from their home during the sectarian strife in the past years and his family has just returned home as the city witnessed a relative calm in recent few months, the source said.
Late on Wednesday, three gunmen shot dead Khalid Hardan, a leading figure in the Awakening Council paramilitary group, in the town of Edhaim, some 50 km north of Baquba, the source said.
The gunmen also wounded Hardan's uncle who was with him during the attack, the source added.
Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edge of Baghdad 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.
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