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15 killed in fresh violence in Iraq

Baghdad : At least 15 people were killed and 49 wounded in separate violent attacks in Iraq Sunday, police said.The deadliest attack occurred in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala where 10 people were killed and

IANS IANS Updated on: December 02, 2013 11:06 IST
15 killed in fresh violence in iraq
15 killed in fresh violence in iraq

Baghdad : At least 15 people were killed and 49 wounded in separate violent attacks in Iraq Sunday, police said.


The deadliest attack occurred in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala where 10 people were killed and 45 injured in a roadside bomb explosion, Xinhua reported citing a police source.

The attack took place when a group of mourners were carrying the coffin of the son of a Sunni tribal leader in the town of Wajihiyah near Baquba, the provincial capital city of Diyala, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.

Mudhir al-Shallal, the tribal leader's son, was killed late Saturday by a bomb blast in his car in the town, the source added.

Violence and sectarian tensions have been running high recently between Sunni and Shia communities in the volatile province of Diyala, as Sunnis and Shias accuse each other of supporting extremists and militia groups.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, a leader of a Sunni anti-government protest was killed by unidentified gunmen in the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the source said.

Also in the province, Iraqi security forces exchanged fire with two gunmen in a car after chasing them in the city of Fallujah, killing a gunman and arresting the other, a police source said.

Two policemen were killed and three others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their patrol in Abu Ghraib area, some 25 km west of Baghdad, a police source said.

Violence and insurgent attacks continue in the volatile Sunni Arab area in west of Baghdad that stretches through Anbar province to Iraq's western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

In Baghdad, a real estate dealer was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his detonated while he was driving in Doura district in the southern part of the capital, a police source said.

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

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