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Eight soldiers, civilian killed in attacks in Iraq

English.news.cn   2013-02-21 21:27:52            

BAGHDAD, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Eight soldiers and a civilian were killed and 27 people wounded in separate bombings and shootings in north and east of Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, the police said.

In one attack, eight soldiers were killed and four wounded when insurgents carried out a coordinated attack by mortar rounds and assault rifles on an Iraqi army base in Albu-Sulaibi area near the town of Dhuluiyah, some 90 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Two civilians were also wounded when they were caught in the crossfire between the attackers and the soldiers, the source said.

Dhuluiyah is part of the Sunni-dominated province of Salahudin. Its provincial capital city Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of the former President Saddam Hussein.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a civilian was killed and a total of 21 people were wounded, including four security members, in multiple bomb and gunfire attacks mainly in and near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from the provincial operations command anonymously told Xinhua.

Faris Khudier, spokesman of Diyala's provincial health department, confirmed the toll. According to the spokesman, some of the wounded have left hospitals after receiving medical treatment, and those who remain in hospitals are in a stable condition.

The province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border, has been a volatile area since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against the militant groups.

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: Wang Yuanyuan
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