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Iraq: 4 killed in attacks in Tuz-Khurmato

27th Mar 2013

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Four people were killed, including two local politicians, and 12 wounded in separate bombings and shootings in northern and central Iraq on Tuesday, the police said.

Early in the morning, a roadside bomb struck a convoy of sport utility vehicles in the city of Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of Salahudin’s provincial capital of Tikrit, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Rasheed Khurshid, a Kurdish member of Salahudin’s provincial council, and Qader al-Nu’aimy, head of Tuz-Khurmato’s judiciary council, were killed by the blast, while Shalal Abdoul, the mayor of the city who was in a nearby vehicle, was wounded, the source said.

The convoy was carrying the senior officials from their city Tuz-Khurmato to Tikrit for a meeting, the source added.

In a separate incident, Brigadier General Salar Khalid, deputy chief of Kurdish security forces in the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, escaped unharmed a roadside bomb explosion near his convoy in northern the city, damaging two of his convoy’s vehicles and wounding three of his bodyguards aboard, a local police source said.

The ethnically mixed cities of Kirkuk and Tuz-Khurmato are part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans.

Separately, a soldier was killed by a sniper shot in the city of Baiji, some 200 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source anonymously told Xinhua.

In addition, a police officer was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated while he was driving his car in Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, the source said.

In Baghdad, Sheikh Ammash, a member of local municipality council in Baghdad’s southern district of Doura, was wounded in a car bomb explosion near his car in the district, an Interior Ministry source said.

Four civilians were also wounded by the blast which damages several nearby cars, the source added.

Meanwhile, three civilians were wounded when a sticky bomb stuck in a car went off near Adan Square in Baghdad’s northern district of Kadhmiyah, he said.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

Editor: Tang Danlu


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