BAGHDAD, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Six people were killed and 15 wounded in separate bombings and shootings in central and northern Iraq on Wednesday, the police said.
A policeman, his brother and a third person accompanying them, were shot dead by gunmen using assault rifles in an orchard in Tarmiyah area, some 40 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, a car bomb went off near a group of Shiite pilgrims in al-Tahriyah area, some 70 km south of Baghdad, killing two pilgrims and wounding eight others, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.
The pilgrims were moving on foot to commemorate the major Shiite ritual of Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala, some 110 km south of Baghdad.
Arbaeen is the occasion of ending 40 days of mourning after the anniversary of the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammad's grandson who was killed in the battle of Karbala in 680 A.D..
Elsewhere, a car bomb detonated near the house of a police officer in central the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, wounding three of his bodyguards and four civilians, a local police source said.
The police colonel, who works in the city's anti-terrorism department, escaped the bombing unharmed, the source said.
In northern Iraq, son of cousin of the Iraqi parliament speaker died of fatal wounds received from a gunfire attack by gunmen while he was driving his car in central the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The speaker's cousin, Abdul-Rahman Khalid al-Nujaifi, is also an army colonel who heads a force tasked with protecting the speaker Osama al-Nujaifi.
Violence in Iraq has decreased from its climax in 2006 and 2007, when sectarian conflicts pushed the country to the brink of a civil war, but tensions and sporadic shootings and bombings are still common across the country.