BAGHDAD, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed and four others injured on Saturday in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraq, the police said.
In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, three soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in Badosh area, just west of the provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Near Baghdad, gunfire broke out in the town of Tarmiyah, some 30 km north of Baghdad, when gunmen attacked the car of the leader of a local government-backed Awakening Council group, an Interior Ministry source anonymously told Xinhua.
The clash resulted in the killing of two of the attackers and the wounding of one of the leader's bodyguards, the source said.
The Awakening Council group, also known as Sons of Iraq movement or Sahwa, consists of mostly anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent militant groups, who turned their rifles to fight al-Qaida network after Sahwa's leaders became dismayed by al-Qaida's brutality and religious zealotry in the country.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, an army officer and a soldier were wounded when gunmen attacked their foot patrol in the city of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, a young man was injured when a roadside bomb exploded near his house in the town of Jalawlaa, some 130 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.
Violence is still common in Iraqi cities despite dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.