BAGHDAD, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were killed and 15 wounded in separate shootings and bombings in Iraq on Sunday, a day after a wave of bombings that killed and wounded hundreds of Iraqis, police said.
In one of the attacks, three members of an anti-terrorism force were killed and six others wounded late Saturday in a roadside bomb explosion near their convoy in the town of Mahaweel, some 60 km south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In the morning, an off-duty soldier was killed in front of his house by gunmen in the city of Shirqat, some 280 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.
In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, two government-backed Sahwa group fighters were killed and two others wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in the town of Buhruz, just south of the provincial capital city of Baquba, about 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.
The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.
In a separate incident, a police explosive expert was killed and two policemen were wounded while the expert was trying to defuse an improvised explosive device in the city of Maqdadiyah, some 40 km northeast of Baquba, the source said.
Two policemen and three civilians were also wounded in separate roadside bomb attacks across the province during the day, the source added.
The attacks came a day after a wave of deadly bombings across the country that killed more than 60 people and wounded over 200.
The massive bombings on Saturday evening pushed the Iraqi security forces to announce a major offensive against insurgent groups in desert areas in the western and northwestern parts of the country to hunt down the terrorist groups.
The dire situation raises fear that the country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.
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