BAGHDAD, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were killed and 15 others injured Thursday in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in eastern and central Iraq, the police said.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, gunmen stormed the house of Sheikh Hussein Ibrahim, a chief of a Sunni Arab clan, in al- Hadeed area near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, and shot him dead, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The attackers also killed Ibrahim's son and two of his relatives during the attack, the source said.
In a separate incident, a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in Huwider area, some 6 km northeast of Baquba, killing a police officer and wounding five policemen, the source added.
In addition, an explosive expert was injured while trying to defuse a roadside bomb in an area located just 5 km west of Baquba, he said.
Separately, a government employee was wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near his car in the town of Kan'n, some 20 km east of Baquba, he added.
In west of the capital, a booby-trapped car went off near a police station in central city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, killing two policemen and wounding five others as weel as two civilians, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.
On the same day, a civilian was killed and another wounded when a sticky bomb attached to their car went off in Abu Ghraib area, some 20 west of Baghdad, the source said.
Serial Thursday attacks, came a day after wave of deadly bombings struck the Iraqi cities, mainly targeting Shiite pilgrims and security forces ahead of a major Shiite ritual, killing at least 78 people and wounding some 300 others.
Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak period between 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in fierce sectarian killings.
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