Civilian killed, 6 wounded in Iraq's volatile Diyala   2010-09-13 18:06:43 FeedbackPrintRSS

BAQUBA, Iraq, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- A civilian was killed and six people wounded in gunfire and bomb attacks in the volatile province of Diyala on Monday, meanwhile the Iraqi security forces captured 11 suspects across the province during the day, a provincial police source said.

A civilian was killed and another wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them at dawn in a village near the town of Buhruz, south of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source from Diyala's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the area and arrested two suspects for interrogation, the source said.

Three people, including an officer from a border guards force, were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle while travelling outside the city of Mandely, near the Iraqi-Iranian border, the source added.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb explosion in northern Baquba wounded two people, one of them was a member of a Sunni paramilitary group, known as Awakening Council or Sahwa in Arabic, he said.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene and detained two men believed to be involved in the attack, the source added.

Also in the province, U.S helicopters at dawn opened fire on the rural area of al-Hadeed, west of Baquba. The area is believed to be a stronghold of insurgents, the source said without giving further details.

Since Saturday, al-Hadeed area was the scene of clashes between insurgents and Iraqi security forces which resulted in the killing of two security members and an insurgent and the wounding of six policemen and soldiers.

The U.S. military did not confirm the incident yet.

Separately, Iraqi security forces conducted search operations across the province during the past 24 hours and apprehended seven more suspects and wanted individuals, along with seizing a cache of ammunition and explosives, the source added.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.

Violence is still common in Iraqi cities as security deteriorated, causing a setback to the efforts of the Iraqi government to restore normalcy in the country days after the U.S. military announced withdrawal of its combat troops from the war- torn country.

Special Report: Situation in Iraq


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