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Iraq: Eight people killed in violent attacks

17th Sep 2013

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Eight people were killed and 13 wounded in separate violent attacks in northern and eastern Iraq on Monday, while death toll from deadly attacks the day before rose to 51 and 151 people wounded, police said.

In northern Iraq, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest near the convoy of Brigadier General Ismail al-Jubouri, chief of Nineveh’s provincial intelligence service office, while moving in central Mosul city, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing one bodyguard and wounding 10, including Jubouri himself, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, gunmen shot dead a civilian in northern Mosul, the source said.

Near Mosul, gunmen shot dead a truck driver on a main road near the town of Qaiyarra, some 50 km south of Mosul, while a civilian was killed and another wounded in a separate attack by gunmen who opened fire on their car in Hatra area, some 70 km south of Mosul, the source added.

Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen blew up three under construction houses belonging to Sheikh Anwar al-Neda, a government-backed Sunni tribal leader, in the town of Qaiyarra, the source said.

In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a suspected leader of al- Qaida cell was killed in a clash with a police force near the city of Abu Saiyda, some 30 km north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, about 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A civilian was killed and another wounded when gunmen believed to be affiliated to a Shiite militia, named Asaib al-Haq, attacked their house in the city of Abu Saiyda, the source said.

Meanwhile, more than 18 Sunni families have displaced from their homes during the past 24 hours by militia from a village near the city of Abu Saiyda, the source said.

Sectarian tension and reprisal killings have been running high recently between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the volatile province of Diyala, as Sunnis and Shiites accuse each other of supporting extremists and militiamen.

Also in the province, a member of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group was shot dead by gunmen in front of his house in Baquba, the source said.

The Sahwa militia, also known as the Awakening Council or the Sons of Iraq, consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against the al-Qaida network after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.

In addition, a policeman was killed and another injured when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in a village located some 30 km northeast of Baquba, the source added.

The attacks came a day after a wave of violent attacks across Iraq that killed up to 51 people and wounded 151, rising from earlier tally of 44 killed and 133 wounded. The increase in the toll came after a police source on Monday said that the bomb attack late on Sunday night inside a popular cafe in Shala area in northwestern Baghdad was a suicide bombing which killed up to 10 and wounded 30 others.

Earlier the source put the toll at three killed and 12 wounded.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to full- blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000

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