Three killed, 14 wounded in Iraq’s violence

Three killed, 14 wounded in Iraq’s violence
# 10 July 2012 17:15 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. A total of three people were killed and 14 wounded in separate gunfire and bomb attacks in central Iraq on Tuesday, the police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A gunman on his motorcycle opened fire on a checkpoint manned by members of the government-backed Awakening Council group, in central the city of Samarra, some 120 km north of Baghdad, killing two group members and injuring three others, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The Awakening Council group, also known as Sons of Iraq movement or Sahwa, consists of mostly anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent militant groups, who turned their rifles to fight al-Qaida network after Sahwa’s leaders became dismayed by al-Qaida’s brutality and religious zealotry in the country.

In Baghdad, five people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at the busy thoroughfare of Palestine Street in eastern the Iraqi capital, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

In a separate incident, a police officer was wounded when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated in Nahrawan area in eastern Baghdad, the source said.

Earlier in the day, the source reportedly said that a civilian was killed and five others were wounded in the afternoon when a roadside bomb struck a bus in Baghdad Shiite bastion of Sadr City neighborhood.

The attacks came as the UN and Arab League peace envoy in Syria Kofi Annan is visiting Baghdad to meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to discuss efforts to end the conflict in the neighboring Syria peacefully.

Violence is still common in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.