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12 killed in attacks in Iraq

English.news.cn   2014-01-26 20:53:35

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People gather around a damaged vehicle at the blast site in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Jan. 26, 2014. At least four people were killed and 14 wounded in the afternoon when three car bombs detonated almost simultaneously in separate neighborhoods in the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Xinhua/Dena Assad)

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BAGHDAD, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Twelve people were killed and 14 wounded in separate shootings and bombings across Iraq on Sunday, police said.

In northern Iraq, at least four people were killed and 14 wounded in the afternoon when three car bombs detonated almost simultaneously in separate neighborhoods in the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The toll could rise as ambulances and civilian vehicles evacuated the injured to nearby hospitals and medical centers, the source said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, the head of a city council and two of councillors were killed by gunmen who attacked their convoy near the town of Wajihiyah, a provincial police source said anonymously.

In northern suburb of al-Rashdiyah of capital Baghdad, gunmen using silenced weapons broke into the house and killed an ex- officer of Saddam Hussein's former army and his wife, a police source told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead another two people in the Shiite district of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, the source said.

Also in the capital, a civilian was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car went off in Iskan district in the western part of the city, the source added.

Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, which is the highest annual death toll for years.

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