Iraq: 27 people killed across the country

26th Mar 2014
Iraq: 27 people killed across the country

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Iraqi police said 27 people were killed and 29 others wounded in violent attacks across the country on Tuesday.

In northern Iraq, gunmen in civilian cars attacked an army checkpoint in Ain-Jahash area, just south of Nineveh’s provincial capital city of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, leaving five soldiers killed, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Separately, a policeman and three civilians were shot dead in separate attacks by gunmen in Mosul during the day, the source said.

Also in Mosul, Iraqi security forces clashed with gunmen in the morning and killed two militants, the source said, adding that troops also arrested four gunmen.

In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, three Sunni parliament members, escaped unhurt two roadside bomb explosions near their convoy near the provincial capital city of Baquba, a police source anonymously told Xinhua. However, three of their bodyguards were killed and seven wounded.

Meanwhile, four civilians were killed by militiamen in the town of Buhruz, south of Baquba, while two gunmen were killed in a clash with a security force in north of Baquba, the source said.

In Anbar province, Iraqi army pounded with artillery several neighborhoods in the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, during the past 24 hours, leaving six people killed and 10 others wounded, a provincial police source said.

Elsewhere, a police officer was killed and his wife wounded when gunmen attacked their car in the city of Tikrit, a local police source said, adding that another civilian was wounded by a sticky bomb attack in his car.

Near Baghdad, a truck bomb detonated at al-Muthanna bridge, at least wounding 10 people and damaging parts of the bridge, along with several nearby cars, a police source told Xinhua.

Iraq is witnessing 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: Mu Xuequan

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