Civilian killed, 15 people injured in attacks in Iraq

March 7, 2012 9:04 am 

BAGHDAD, March 6 — A civilian was killed and 15 people wounded in separate bomb attacks, including a suicide bombing, in central and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, the police said.

A roadside bomb went off near the municipality building of the town of Mahmoudiyah, some 30 km south of the capital Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding seven others, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In Baghdad, two explosions by sticky bombs attached to two civilian cars detonated during the day in central and northern capital, wounding the two people, the source said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, two government employees were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in north of the provincial capital city of Baquba, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Also in the province, Iraqi security forces carried out search operations across the province during the past 24 hours and arrested 25 suspects, including 15 wanted individuals, the source added.

Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber in a car blew up himself at a police checkpoint in the southern entrance of the city of Baiji, some 30 km north of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, wounding four policemen and leaving his car totally charred at the checkpoint, provincial police source said.

The police first stopped four suspects in the car and ordered them to leave the car to carry out a search for the car and for them. The three suspects left the car except one who stayed inside and blew up himself, the source added.

The police captured the three suspects and initial interrogation with them indicates that they may have been involved in the deadly shooting spree that occurred the day before in the city of Haditha in the neighboring province of Anbar that killed 27 policemen and three of the attackers.

Salahudin province, located in northern central Iraq, is a Sunni-dominated province. Its capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein.

Violence and sporadic high profile attacks are still common in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the past few years. (PNA/Xinhua) RSV/mmg

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