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Wave of attacks kill 29, injure dozens in Iraq

English.news.cn   2012-08-17 01:42:28            

BAGHDAD, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A series of coordinated bombings struck several Iraqi cities and towns on Thursday, killing at least 29 people and wounding 101.

The fresh violence came ahead of the Eid, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan amid heightened security measures. The carnage highlighted the tenuous security situation in war-torn Iraq.

No one has so far claimed credit for the fresh attacks, though the coordinated bombings clearly bear the hallmark of al-Qaida group.

The capital Baghdad was hit by a car bomb explosion near a government real estate office in the mainly Shi'ite district of Husseiniyah in northern Baghdad, leaving six dead and 32 wounded. Another car bombing wounded seven people in Taji area, some 20 km north of Baghdad.

Earlier in the day, in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, four car bombs detonated in Almas and Arfa districts, both in northern Kirkuk, including a successive attack near a police station.

In a separate incident, a suicide bomber drove and detonated his explosive-laden car into a security center belonging to Kurdish security members, also known as Asaish, in the town of Daquq, just south of Kirkuk. Minutes later, a roadside bomb went off near the first scene, targeting the building of anti-crime office.

A provincial police source put the toll from the attacks in Kirkuk and Daquq at eight dead, half of them are security members, and 31 injured, including policemen.

Meanwhile, six attacks struck outskirts of the Diyala's capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing a total of nine people and injuring 10 others.

Explosions in northern Iraq, Mosul city, some 400 km north of Baghdad and the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 200 km north of Baghdad, left two dead and 15 injured.

Elsewhere, three policemen and a passer-by were killed when gunmen riding two motorcycles attacked a police checkpoint in the town of Ameriyah, just near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad. In the same town, a roadside bomb detonated near a group of poor people who gathered to receive humanitarian aids, injuring three of them.

Violence is still common in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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