BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 10 people were killed and 26 others wounded in separate violent attacks, including a spate of car bombings, across Iraq on Tuesday, police said.
Two car bombs detonated in Zaafaraniyah district in the southeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad before the sunset, killing a total of four people and wounding 10 others, a police source told Xinhua.
Meanwhile, another car bomb went off in Kamaliyah district in eastern Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding five others, the source said, adding that 11 people were wounded when a fourth car bomb ripped through Jamila district in the east of the capital.
Separately, Amer al-Farraji, a local freelancer journalist, was shot dead by a sniper when he was covering a fierce clash that occurred late on Monday between gunmen and Iraqi security forces in the city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua.
Two days ago, Muaiyad al-Lami, head of the Iraqi Journalists’ syndicate told reporters in Baghdad that up to 390 journalists have been killed in Iraq since 2003.
Also in Anbar province, Iraqi security forces in the morning shot dead four snipers during a clash with al-Qaida militants in Ramadi, a source from Anbar’s operations command said.
A provincial police source told Xinhua that sporadic clashes occurred overnight and on Tuesday in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, while the curfew continued in several cities across the province.
Also in the day, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sought to defuse tensions in Anbar by announcing the withdrawal of the army from the cities in the province. However, he said the army will continue its manhunt for al-Qaida militants into desert of Anbar.
Maliki’s comments came after fierce clashes that broke out between Iraqi security forces and gunmen on Monday morning during an operation to dismantle an anti-government sit-in camp of Sunnis near Ramadi.
Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, about 8,109 Iraqis, including 952 members of Iraqi security forces, were killed in the country from January to November this year.