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59 people killed in attacks across Iraq

English.news.cn   2014-05-29 02:59:01

BAGHDAD, May 28 (Xinhua) -- A total of 59 people were killed and 108 others wounded in separate shootings and bombings across Iraq on Wednesday, police said.

At least 19 people, including 12 soldiers, were killed and 11 others wounded on Wednesday evening in a suicide attack at an army checkpoint in western Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Also on Wednesday evening, three civilians were killed and 11 others injured in a car bomb attack in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr City, while another car bomb struck al-Ameen district in southeastern Baghdadin, killing two people and wounding nine others.

A third car bomb in Jihad neighborhood southwest of Baghdad killed two people and wounded seven others, the police source added.

Earlier in the afternoon a suicide bomber rammed his explosive- laden car into a police checkpoint and blew it up in Baghdad's northern district of Kadhmiyah, leaving at least 16 dead and some 50 others wounded, a police source said.

The huge blast set fire to some 15 cars and badly damaged many others, the source said, adding that most victims were civilians.

In Salahudin province, a series of 11 bomb explosions hit houses of Shiite Turkomans in the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of the provincial capital city Tikrit, killing five people, including four from a same family, and wounding 11 others, a provincial police source said.

The Shiite Turkomans in Tuz-Khurmato have frequently complained of suffering from militant attacks aimed at forcing them away from their homes.

The ethnically mixed city of Tuz-Khurmato is part of the disputed area claimed by the Kurds, the Arabs and the Turkomans. The Kurds want to incorporate the area on the edge of their Kurdistan region, which is fiercely opposed by the central government in Baghdad.

In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, security forces raided a safe house in the city of Mosul believed to be linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaida breakaway group in Iraq, killing three militants, a provincial police source said.

Nineveh is a Sunni-majority province and its capital Mosul has long been a stronghold for insurgent groups, including al-Qaida militants, since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In Anbar province, army forces and border guards clashed fiercely with suspected ISIL militants who tried to enter Iraq from an area located near the al-Walid border crossing point with Syria. Seven militants were killed and five others arrested, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

Separately, a bomb exploded at a marketplace in Abu Ghraib area, some 25 km west of Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and three others wounded, a local police source said.

In a separate incident, five civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb went off on a main road in the town of Latifiyah, some 20 km south of Baghdad, the source said.

Elsewhere, a gunman was killed and another wounded when security forces carried out a search operation in the town of Buhruz, some 70 km northeast of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Iraq is 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.

Editor: yan
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