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33 killed in insurgent attacks across Iraq

English.news.cn   2014-04-21 23:21:41

BAGHDAD, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Thirty-three people were killed and some 50 others wounded in separate attacks across Iraq, including two suicide bombings on Monday, police and medical sources said.

The deadliest attack of the day occurred in Iraq's eastern province of Wasit when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint and blew it up on the main road near the city of Suwairah, some 50 km southeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, leaving 10 dead and up to 17 others wounded, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

The slain were two officers, five policemen and three civilians, the source said.

Separately, another suicide bomber struck an army checkpoint with his explosive-packed car in al-Madain area, some 30 km southeast of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding five others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on the condition of anonymity.

In Anbar province, Iraqi security forces clashed fiercely with militants, said to be linked to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant ( ISIL), in al-Jazira area, just north of the provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

The battles left nine militants killed and seven others wounded, the source said without giving further details about the casualties among the Iraqi forces.

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and five wounded during the past 24 hours by mortar barrage on several neighborhoods in the besieged city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua.

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.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a member of a government- backed Sahwa paramilitary group was shot dead near his house in the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

In a separate incident, three farmers were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their tractor at a village near the city of Udheim, some 60 km north of Baquba, the source said.

The latest surge of violence came less than 10 days ahead of landmark parliamentary elections on April 30, the first in the country since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in late 2011.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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