Fresh Violence Leaves 11 Dead in Iraq


Baghdad: Nearly a dozen people have been killed and 19 others injured in separate bomb explosions and shooting incidents in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and elsewhere in the crisis-hit Arab country.

According to Arabic-language satellite television network, al-Baghdadia, a police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said three civilians lost their lives when a group of unidentified armed men raided a number of houses southeast of the city of Baqouba, located some 50 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.

The source added that the assailants also set four houses on fire in the area, noting that the motive behind the act of violence remains unknown and a search operation is underway to arrest the perpetrators. In the capital’s southern neighborhood of Furat, an improvised explosive device exploded near a commercial district, killing two people and injuring seven others.

Two people were also killed and five others wounded when a bomb went off close to a popular market in the al-Obeidi neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. Also on Saturday, a roadside bomb targeted a military car in the capital’s southern neighborhood of al-Latifiyah, killing a soldier and injuring five others.

A civilian was also killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded on Sadoun Street in central Baghdad. A passerby was also injured. Another civilian was gunned down during a drive-by shooting in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of al-Amin. Additionally, a police captain was killed when an improvised explosive device attached beneath his civilian car blew up in the capital’s upmarket neighborhood of Yarmouk.

A lawyer also sustained injuries when a bomb went off in al-Ghazaliya neighborhood in western Baghdad. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks.