BAGHDAD, May 4 (Xinhua) -- A total of 29 people were killed and 20 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Sunday, police and medical source said.
The police found the bodies of seven family members who were kidnapped two days ago in the predominantly Sunni area of al- Madain, some 30 km southeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In a separate incident, a member of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car of detonated in al-Huseiniyah district in the northeastern part of Baghdad, the source added.
In Iraq's western province of Anbar, fierce clashes erupted between an Iraqi army force and militants believed to be linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant near the town of Saqlawiyah in north of the militant-seized city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, leaving 18 militants killed, the source said.
Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and seven others wounded by mortar barrage on several neighborhoods in the besieged city of Fallujah, a medical source from the city hospital told Xinhua.
In northern Iraq, a car bomb exploded near an army patrol in the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, leaving a soldier dead and seven others wounded, a local police source said.
Also in the city, two policemen, one soldier and three civilians were wounded in three roadside bomb attacks separately occurred during the day in the western part of Mosul, the source said.
Iraq is currently witnessing some of 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, the highest annual death toll in years.