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36 killed in insurgent attacks across Iraq

English.news.cn   2014-04-13 23:09:57

BAGHDAD, April 13 (Xinhua) -- 36 people were killed and 28 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, police said.

In one attack, eight policemen were killed and ten people wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack targeting Iraqi police in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The attack occurred in the morning when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden truck into a police checkpoint and blew it up in the town of Debis, the source said.

A police officer and a Kurdish security guard were among the killed, the source said, adding the wounded included three civilians, the source said.

The ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, is part of the disputed areas claimed by the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans.

Elsewhere, a booby-trapped car detonated near a joint army and police patrol while it passed through a busy marketplace in the eastern part of the city of Mosul, leaving five security members and five passers-by killed, a local police source said.

The blast also wounded six civilians and two policemen, the source said.

Also in the city, Iraqi soldiers shot dead three gunmen who tried to attack their checkpoint in eastern Mosul, the source said, adding that two policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb near their vehicle in the southern city.

In Salahudin province, gunmen attacked houses at a village near the city of Sulaiman Beg, some 90 km east of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, and shot dead a member of a government- backed Sahwa paramilitary group and two civilians and wounded four others, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, a civilian was killed when a roadside bomb struck his car in the city of Shirqat, some 110 km north of Tikrit, the source said.

Also in the province, seven people were killed and four wounded when two roadside bombs went off in a quick succession in the city of Dujail, some 110 km south of Tikrit, the source added.

Salahudin province is a Sunni-dominated province and its capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, fierce clashes erupted between gunmen and Iraqi army in al-Houz district in central the provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, leaving three soldiers killed and destroying a tank, a provincial police source said.

Also in al-Houz district, a soldier was shot dead by a sniper while he was on patrol in the battlefield district, the source added.

Separately, unidentified gunmen kidnapped director of a government- owned hospital and two employees while they were travelling on a main road in the city of Haditha, some 200 km west of Baghdad, the source said.

Anbar province has been the scene of fierce clashes that flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in late December last year.

The violence came just 17 days ahead of the landmark parliamentary elections on April 30, which is the first in the country since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in late 2011.

Editor: yan
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